Cardiorentis has announced it has initiated the first-ever acute heart failure (AHF) Phase III trial to be specifically designed to assess the effect of early treatment on cardiovascular mortality.
TRUE-AHF (TRial of Ularitide’s Efficacy and safety in patients with Acute Heart Failure) aims to show that early treatment with intravenous (IV) ularitide may reduce AHF symptoms in the short-term and cardiovascular mortality in the long-term. Health authorities have agreed with the designation of cardiovascular mortality as a primary efficacy endpoint, and patient enrolment is already underway in the US and Europe.
“The TRUE-AHF is a landmark study. We believe that early decompression of the dilated heart can reduce myocardial injury in patients with acutely decompensated heart failure;” commented Milton Packer, chair of the trial, professor and chair, Department of Clinical Sciences, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He continued, “If decompression produced by a 48-hour infusion of ularitide can prevent significant myocardial damage during this vulnerable period, then we are likely to see a reduction in cardiovascular mortality over the following months and years.”
TRUE-AHF is designed to build on the growing body of evidence that suggests patients suffering from AHF should be treated as early as possible. Heart failure experts, cardiologists and emergency physicians are working hand-in-hand to ensure an early enrolment of patients into the trial (within the first hours after presentation to the hospital). The trial is evaluating the following endpoints:
• A composite score that assesses the symptoms and clinical course of patients during the 48-hour infusion of ularitide.
•Cardiovascular mortality following randomisation for the entire duration of the trial
“We have been in close discussions with the health authorities to achieve the most robust study design for TRUE-AHF. We wanted the study design to reflect our belief that ularitide could provide symptom improvement and a reduction in cardiovascular mortality, which are both crucial measures for new therapies being investigated for the treatment of AHF. Following promising results in previous clinical trials SIRIUS I and II, we are confident ularitide will provide clinicians with a much needed addition to their AHF treatment armamentarium,” said Elmar Schnee, CEO Chairman at Cardiorentis Ltd. “We are also encouraged that such a highly regarded group of cardiologists and emergency physicians are working in partnership with us on the clinical programme.” he added.
Approximately 190 centres across the US, Europe, Canada and Latin America will be involved in the TRUE-AHF trial, and approximately 2,152 patients with AHF will be randomised to receive placebo or ularitide for 48 hours in addition to standard care.