Dear NNPDF Families and Friends,
The NNPDF central offices received the following update from Dr. Forbes D. Porter to share with the NPC community with regards to recent developments in reference to the Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors (HDACi) ~ vorinostat clinical trials for NPC adults.
"We are pleased to inform the NPC community of an upcoming clinical trial at the NIH to study the safety and tolerability of vorinostat in adults with Niemann-Pick disease, type C1. We plan to begin enrolling patients in September 2014.
This clinical trial is an open label study for 12 patients. “Open label” means that every patient will get vorinostat. There is no placebo, or sugar pill, in this study. Patients will come to the NIH for a total of 3 visits - at baseline, 3 months and at 6 months for this trial. Each visit will last for about 7-10 days. Patients will start taking the study drug while they are at the NIH and will continue taking the study drug when they return home. They will also need to have blood drawn for safety labs every two weeks between visits while they are at home. After the 6 month visit, they will stop taking the study drug and they will be done with the trial.
Vorinostat is a pill that is taken by mouth. The purpose of this study is to test the safety and tolerability of vorinostat when it is given to adults with NPC1. Patients will have blood drawn and will have a lumbar puncture (spinal tap) to collect spinal fluid at each visit to measure how much of the drug is absorbed. Patients will also have tests of hearing, speech, swallowing and movement."
For the full press release and more information on the clinical trial and eligibility criteria for NPC adult patients, please refer to the NNPDF HDAC Inhibitor clinical trial page: http://www.nnpdf.org/HDACi.html
Dateline: September 12th, 2014
Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation (APMRF):
"The FDA has granted an Investigational New Drug exemption to the APMRF that will allow us to study the safety and potential biochemical efficacy in adult patients with NPC1. The study will enroll 12 NPC1 patients. Although the IND exemption does not allow us to test vorinostat in children with NPC1, this exemption will save significant time and expense in obtaining proof of concept data. Working together, this collaborative group hopes to advance our understanding of the potential of an HDACi to treat individuals with NPC. Greg Crawford, Dean of the Notre Dame College of Science, in conjunction with APMRF have raised $500,000 to facilitate this work. Merck has graciously agreed to provide the drug supply for the trial."