A randomized trial evaluating Prosaptide™ for HIV-associated sensory neuropathies: Use of an electronic diary to record neuropathic pain

Scott R. Evans*, David M. Simpson, Douglas W. Kitch, Agnes King, David B. Clifford, Bruce A. Cohen, Justin C. McArthur

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Objectives. To examine the efficacy and safety of Prosaptide™ (PRO) for the treatment of painful HIV-associated sensory neuropathies (HIV-SN). Design. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter study in participants with sensory neuropathy. Pain modulating therapy was discontinued prior to baseline. Participants were stratified by sural sensory nerve action potential (SNAP) amplitude. Participants were trained to use an electronic diary (ED) to record path. Setting. Peripheral neuropathies are common complications of HIV infection. The pathogenesis is unknown and currently treatments are restricted to symptomatic measures. We examined PRO against placebo (PBO) for treatment of painful HIV-SN and performed a post-hoc evaluation of an electronic diary (ED) to record HIV-associeted neuropathic pain. Participants. Eligible participants included adults with neurologist-confirmed painful HIV-SN. Interventions. 2, 4, 8, of 16 mg/d PRO or PBO administered via subcutaneous (SC) injection for six weeks. Neurotoxic antiretrovirad drug usage was held constant. Outcome Measures. Changes from baseline in the weekly average of evaluable daily random prompts measuring pain using the Gracely pain scale and adverse events. Results. 237 participants were randomized. The study was stopped after a planned futility analysis. There were no between-group differences in the frequency of adverse events or laboratory toxicities. The 6-week mean (sd) Gracely pain scale changes were -0.12 (0.23), -0.24 (0.35), -0.15 (0.32), -0.18 (0.34), and -0.18 (0.32) for the 2, 4, 8, 16 mg, and PBO arms respectively. A similar variability of pain changes recorded using the ED were noted compared to previous trials that used paper collection methods. Conclusions. 6-week treatment with PRO was safe but not effective at reducing HIV-associated neuropathic pain. Use of an ED to record neuropathic pain is novel in HIV-SN, resulted in reasonable compliance in recording pain data, but did not decrease the variability of pain scores compared ta historical paper collection methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere551
JournalPloS one
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 25 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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