Efficacy and safety of the dual L- and T-type calcium channel blocker, ACT-280778: A proof-of-concept study in patients with mild-to-moderate essential hypertension

J. Dingemanse*, P. Otasevic, K. Shakeri-Nejad, E. Klainman, B. Putnikovic, H. Kracker, M. S. Mueller, R. Zimlichman

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Abstract

ACT-280778 is an oral, non-dihydropyridine, dual L-/T-type calcium channel blocker. This phase 2a, double-blind, randomized, placebo- and active-controlled study investigated the efficacy and safety of 10 mg ACT-280778. Patients with mild-to-moderate essential hypertension received once-daily placebo (n=53), ACT-280778 10 mg (n=52) or amlodipine 10 mg (n=54) for 4 weeks. The primary end point was the change from baseline to week 4 in placebo-adjusted mean trough sitting diastolic blood pressure (SiDBP) with ACT-280778. Tolerability was assessed by recording treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs). Baseline clinical characteristics were similar across groups. No significant difference was observed at week 4 in mean trough SiDBP between placebo (-9.9 (95% confidence limit (CL) -12.7, -7.0) mm Hg) and ACT-280778 (-9.5 (-12.4, -6.5) mm Hg; P=0.86); amlodipine reduced mean trough SiDBP by -16.8 (-19.0, -14.5) mm Hg, confirming assay validity. Change in mean PR interval at week 4 (pre-dose) differed between placebo (-1.0 (95% CL -4.4, 2.3) ms) and ACT-280778 (6.5 (3.5, 9.6) ms); amlodipine did not increase PR interval (1.1 (-1.6, 3.9) ms).Treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAE) frequency was 32.1% (placebo), 32.7% (ACT-280778) and 33.3% (amlodipine). The most common TEAEs were headache, peripheral edema, hypertension and second-degree atrioventricular block. ACT-280778 (10 mg) did not lower blood pressure in mild-to-moderate hypertension.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-235
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Human Hypertension
Volume29
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 12 Apr 2015

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