Vadadustat for the Prevention and Treatment of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) in Hospitalized Patients With Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

  • End date
    Dec 31, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    The University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
Updated on 6 November 2021
oxygen saturation
respiratory distress
acute respiratory distress
respiratory symptoms
respiratory symptom
acute respiratory distress syndrome


The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of vadadustat for the prevention and treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) in hospitalized patients with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Condition ADULT RESPIRATORY DISTRESS SYNDROME, Coronavirus Infection, Pulmonary Disease, acute respiratory distress syndrome, Coronavirus, ards, Acute Respiratory Distress, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), Lung Disease
Treatment Placebo, vadadustat
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04478071
SponsorThe University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston
Last Modified on6 November 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Laboratory-confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 by detection of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) RNA by Reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) from any specimen respiratory
Admitted to the hospital within 36 hours
For patients admitted WITH respiratory symptoms, enrollment must occur within 36 hours of hospital admission. If the patient is admitted to the hospital with normal saturations, but develops respiratory symptoms DURING their hospital stay, enrollment may occur within 24 hours of desaturation to 94% or less on room air
Oxygen saturation of hemoglobin by pulse oximetry at room air 94%
Understands the procedures and requirements of the study and provides written informed consent and authorization for protected health information disclosure

Exclusion Criteria

Hypersensitivity to vadadustat or any of its excipients
Hemoglobin above the gender-specific upper limit of normal (ULN) at randomization: 16 g/dL for females and 18 g/dL for males
Placed on mechanical ventilation before randomization
Patient taking Probenecid, lopinavir or ritonavir
Patients who have erythrocytosis or polycythemia vera
Patients not on maintenance dialysis with eGFC < 31 ml/min
Patients who have received a solid organ transplant, heart, kidney, liver or lung
Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or positive pregnancy test before randomization
Patients who are currently Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) or Do Not Intubate (DNI)
Patients with modified Rankin scale of 3 or greater
Patients who are prisoners
Patient who are currently enrolled in any other interventional clinical trial
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