PREPARE-IT. Prevention and Treatment of COVID19 With EPA in Subjects at Risk - Intervention Trial

  • STATUS
    Recruiting
  • participants needed
    4000
  • sponsor
    Estudios Clínicos Latino América
Updated on 6 August 2021

Summary

The PREPARE-IT investigator-initiated trial program is a simple, pragmatic, therapeutic strategy evaluating pure icosapent ethyl (IPE) at initially higher doses intended to reduce infection rates and subsequent morbidity and mortality among subjects at high risk of infection due to COVID-19 (prevention arm), and to reduce the hospitalization rate and complications in patients with a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 (treatment arm).

Description

Few vaccines have received emergency authorization providing relative immunity, reducing both transmission and infection rates and subsequent associated morbidity and mortality. However, broad access to vaccines is limited globally, and emergence of COVID-19 viral mutations and vaccine breakthrough cases underscore the need for complementary effective therapies.

To date, there are limited systemic options available for effective treatment from viral-inhibitors, polyclonal antibodies (immunomodulatory drugs) to mitigate the inflammatory cascade and subsequent cytokine storm, and low-dose steroids such as dexamethasone in high-risk patients, which was associated with a reduction in mortality.

Icosapent ethyl (IPE) is a safe, well-tolerated oral therapy proven to be effective in improving outcomes in patients with established cardiovascular disease or diabetes with one or more additional risk factors.

In the context of COVID-19, a recent pilot study on 50 patients on a loading dose of 8g/day for three days, followed by 4g/daily showed a significant improvement in validated patient-reported FLU-PRO score symptoms. A corresponding reduction in a key biomarker of inflammation (hs-CRP) was also detected within the IPE arm at 14 days.

While this pilot study provides the first evidence of an early anti-inflammatory effect of IPE, to confirm these findings, we designed a randomized, placebo-controlled study program investigating IPE with a similar loading dose intended to reduce infection rates and subsequent morbidity and mortality among subjects at high risk of infection from SARS-CoV-2 (prevention arm), and to reduce the hospitalization rate and complications in patients with a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 (treatment arm).

Details
Condition COVID19
Treatment Placebo, icosapent ethyl (IPE)
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04460651
SponsorEstudios Clínicos Latino América
Last Modified on6 August 2021

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