Phase II/III Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Trial of Arimoclomol in SOD1 Positive Familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Study Purpose:

The purpose of this study will be to demonstrate the safety, tolerability, and efficacy of arimoclomol in subjects with SOD1 positive familial Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). This type of ALS is HEREDITARY (runs in families), and at least one other person in the family must have had ALS.

Study hypotheses: Arimoclomol, taken at a dose of 200 mg three times daily will improve survival as defined by time to death, tracheostomy or permanent assisted ventilation. In addition, it will be safe and well tolerated in subjects with SOD1 positive familial ALS.

Funding Source - FDA-OOPD

Study Status:

Not recruiting


Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Study Type:


Type of Intervention:


Intervention Name:

Arimoclomol, Placebo



Phase 2/Phase 3

Study Chair(s)/Principal Investigator(s):

Michael Benatar, MBChB, DPhil, University of Miami, Merit Cudkowicz, MD, MSc, Massachusetts General Hospital ID:


Neals Affiliated?


Coordinating Center Contact Information

University of Miami

1120 NW 14th Street
Miami, Florida, 33136 United States

Full Study Summary:

Using a seamless, adaptive, phase II/III design, the investigators will determine the safety and efficacy of arimoclomol in patients with SOD1 positive familial ALS. Both stage-1 and stage-2 are randomized, double-blind and placebo-controlled in a population of patients with rapidly progressive SOD1 positive familial ALS. Patients with ALS, a history of a relative affected with ALS (i.e. familial ALS) and the presence of a demonstrable mutation in the SOD1 gene that is known to be associated with rapidly progressive disease, will be eligible for inclusion in this study. Potentially eligible subjects will undergo screening via telephone and, if necessary, review of outside medical records. The intervention will continue for up to 12 months. In the event that a participant reaches a study endpoint (e.g. tracheostomy or permanently assisted ventilation) study drug will be terminated. Subjects who meet all eligibility criteria will travel a study site for final eligibility determination, baseline evaluation and will then be randomized 1:1 to receive either placebo or arimoclomol at a dose of 200 mg t.i.d. Participants will then be evaluated again in person at a study site at Month-2. Telephonic evaluations at Month-1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10 will be performed in participants' homes. Safety and tolerability evaluations will be performed at each of these visits. Collection of blood samples for safety laboratory analyses and measurement of blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, temperature and weight will be performed at Months-1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, and 10 in the participant's home by a representative of a medical monitoring company. A study coordinator may perform an in-person visit at Month-12, or this visit may occur telephonically. A final evaluation will be performed via telephone at Month-13 (30 days after the last dose of study medication).

Study Sponsor:

University of Miami

Participant Duration:

12 months

Estimated Enrollment:


Estimated Study Start Date:

12 / 31 / 2008

Estimated Study Completion Date:

11 / 01 / 2016

Posting Last Modified Date:

01 / 11 / 2019

Date Study Added to

06 / 27 / 2008

Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2016


Minimum Age:

18 Years

Maximum Age:


Can participants use Riluzole?


Inclusion Criteria:

- Type of ALS that is hereditary (runs in families) only.

- El Escorial criteria for familial ALS and a family history of a pathogenic mutation in a gene known to be associated with ALS, such as the SOD1 gene.

- Willingness to undergo genetic testing and to learn the results.

- Demonstrable mutation in the SOD1 gene that is reported to be associated with a rapid rate of disease progression (i.e. A4V, A4T, C6F, C6G, V7E, L8Q, G10V, G41S, H43R, H48Q, D90V, G93A, D101H, D101Y, L106V, I112M, I112T, R115G, L126X, G127X, A145T, V148G, V148I) or possibly associated with rapidly progressive disease (E21G, G37R, L38V, D76Y, L84F, L84V, N86S, D90A het, G93R, I104F, I113T, L144F, L144S).

- Age 18 years or older; male or female.

- Capable of providing informed consent and complying with trial procedures.

- Diagnosis within less than 9 months of the anticipated date of the baseline visit AND study participants' subjective evaluation that they expect their physical condition to permit travel to the study site for both the baseline and 2-month study visits.

- Women must not be able to become pregnant (e.g. post menopausal for at least one year, surgically sterile, or practicing adequate birth control methods) for the duration of the study. Adequate contraception includes: oral contraception, implanted contraception, intrauterine device in place for at least 3 months, or barrier method in conjunction with spermicide.

- Women of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test at screening visit and be non-lactating.

- Willing to remain on a stable dose of Riluzole or to remain off Riluzole for the duration of the trial.

- Identifiable local medical doctor to assist with urgent care of any medical complications that may arise.

- Absence of any of the exclusion criteria.

Exclusion Criteria:

- History of known sensitivity or intolerability to Arimoclomol or to any other related compound.

- Exposure to any investigational drug within 30 days of the screening visit.

- Presence of any of the following clinical conditions:

- Substance abuse within the past year.

- Unstable cardiac, pulmonary, renal, hepatic, endocrine, hematologic, or active infectious disease.

- AIDS or AIDS-related complex.

- Unstable psychiatric illness defined as psychosis (hallucinations or delusions), untreated major depression within 90 days of the screening visit.

- Positive pregnancy test at screening visit.

- Screening laboratory values:

- Creatinine greater than 1.5.

- Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) or Aspartate aminotransferase (AST). greater than 3.0 times the upper limit of normal.

- Total bilirubin greater than 2.0 times the upper limit of normal.

- White blood cell (WBC) count less than 3,500/mm3.

- Platelet concentration less than 100,000/ul.

- Hematocrit level less than 33 for female or less than 35 for male.

- Female patients who are breast-feeding.

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Miami, Florida 33136
United States

Massachusetts General Hospital

Boston, Massachusetts 02114
United States