Last updated on January 2020

Clinical Study to Compare the Efficacy and Safety of Macitentan and Tadalafil Monotherapies With the Corresponding Fixed-dose Combination Therapy in Subjects With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)


Are you eligible to participate in this study?

You may be eligible for this study if you meet the following criteria:

  • Conditions: Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  • Age: Between 18 - 75 Years
  • Gender: Male or Female

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Signed and dated informed consent form (ICF).
  • Confirmed diagnosis of symptomatic PAH in WHO FC II or III.
  • Symptomatic PAH belonging to one of the following subgroups of WHO Group 1 pulmonary
    hypertension
  • Idiopathic.
  • Heritable.
  • Drug- or toxin-induced.
  • Associated with connective tissue disease, HIV infection, portal hypertension or congenital heart disease with simple systemic-to-pulmonary shunt with persistent pulmonary hypertension documented by a right heart catheterization (RHC) 1 year after surgical repair.
  • PAH diagnosis confirmed by hemodynamic evaluation at rest (through central reading), evaluated within 5 weeks prior to randomization:
  • Mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP) 25 mmHg, AND
  • Pulmonary artery wedge pressure (PAWP) or left ventricular end diastolic pressure (LVEDP) 15 mmHg, AND
  • Pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) 3 WU (i.e., 240 dynseccm5)
  • Negative vasoreactivity test in idiopathic, heritable, and drug/toxin-induced PAH
  • Neither no history of PAH-specific treatment or currently receiving a stable dose of ERA or PDE-5i monotherapy for at least 3 months prior to baseline RHC, within the specified doses in the study protocol.
  • Subject able to perform the 6MWT with a minimum distance of 100 m and maximum distance of 450 m at Screening.
  • A woman of childbearing potential must:
  • have negative serum pregnancy test at Screening and a negative urine pregnancy test at Randomization.
  • agree to undertake monthly urine pregnancy tests during the study and up to at least 30 days after study treatment discontinuation.
  • agree to follow the contraception scheme from Screening up to at least 30 days after study treatment discontinuation.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Treatment with a soluble guanylate cyclase stimulator, L-arginine, any form of prostanoids or prostacyclin-receptor agonists (including oral, inhaled, or infused routes) in the 3-month period prior to start of treatment.
  • Treatment with combination therapy of ERA and PDE-5i in the 3-month period prior to start of treatment or history of intolerance to ERA and PDE-5i combination therapy.
  • Hypersensitivity to any of the study treatments or any excipient of their formulations.
  • Treatment with a strong cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4) inducer in the 1-month period prior to start of treatment.
  • Treatment with a strong CYP3A4 inhibitor in the 1-month period prior to start of treatment.
  • Treatment with doxazosin.
  • Treatment with any form of organic nitrate, either regularly or intermittently
  • Diuretic treatment initiated or dose changed within 1 week prior to the RHC or start of treatment.
  • Treatment with another investigational drug in the 3-month period prior to start of treatment.
  • Body mass index (BMI) > 40 kg/m2 at Screening.
  • Known presence of three or more of the following risk factors for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction at Screening:
  • BMI > 30 kg/m2.
  • Diabetes mellitus of any type.
  • Essential hypertension (even if well controlled).
  • Coronary artery disease, i.e. history of stable angina or known more than 50% stenosis in a coronary artery or history of myocardial infarction or history of or planned coronary artery bypass grafting and/or coronary artery stenting.
  • Known presence of moderate or severe obstructive lung disease any time prior to Screening as specified in study protocol.
  • Known presence of moderate or severe restrictive lung disease any time prior to Screening as specified in study protocol.
  • Clinically significant aortic or mitral valve disease; pericardial constriction; restrictive or congestive left-sided cardiomyopathy; life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias; significant left ventricular dysfunction; or left ventricular outflow obstruction, in the opinion of the investigator
  • Known permanent atrial fibrillation, in the opinion of the investigator
  • Known or suspected uncontrolled thyroid disease (hypo- or hyperthyroidism).
  • Documented pulmonary veno-occlusive disease.
  • Hemoglobin < 100 g/L (<10 g/dL) at Screening.
  • Known severe hepatic impairment as specified in study protocol.
  • Serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and/or alanine aminotransferase (ALT) > 1.5 upper limit of normal (ULN) at Screening.
  • Severe renal impairment at Screening as specified in study protocol.
  • Systemic hypotension at Screening or Randomization and systemic hypertension at Screening as specified in study protocol.
  • Acute myocardial infarction or cerebrovascular event (e.g., stroke) within the last 26 weeks prior to Screening.
  • Known bleeding disorder, in the opinion of the investigator
  • Loss of vision in one or both eyes because of non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy
  • Hereditary degenerative retinal disorders, including retinitis pigmentosa.
  • Difficulty swallowing large pills/tablets that would interfere with the ability to comply with study treatment regimen.
  • Any planned surgical intervention (including organ transplant) during the double-blind treatment period, except minor interventions.
  • Exercise training program for cardiopulmonary rehabilitation in the 12-week period prior to Start of treatment, or planned to be started during the study.
  • Pregnant, planning to become pregnant or lactating.
  • Any known factor or disease that might interfere with treatment adherence, full participation in the study or interpretation of the results as judged by the investigator (e.g., drug or alcohol dependence etc.).

Recruitment Status: Open


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