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A Double-blind, Randomised, Placebo-controlled Trial Confirming the Efficacy of Intranasal Fentanyl Titrated to 50, 100 or 200 µg With an Open Long-term Safety Follow-up in Cancer Patients With Breakthrough Pain

Phase 3
18 Years
80 Years
Not Enrolling

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Trial Information

A Double-blind, Randomised, Placebo-controlled Trial Confirming the Efficacy of Intranasal Fentanyl Titrated to 50, 100 or 200 µg With an Open Long-term Safety Follow-up in Cancer Patients With Breakthrough Pain

Inclusion Criteria:

1. Has the patient given informed consent according to local requirements before any
trial-related activities? Trial-related activities are any procedure that would not
have been performed during the routine management of the patient

2. Is the patient a cancer patient with breakthrough pain?

3. Is the patient aged ≥18 years?

4. Has the patient received for at least the past month either oral morphine, oxycodone,
hydromorphone or transdermal fentanyl for treatment of background pain?

5. Is the current dose of the scheduled background opioid of the patient equivalent to
60-500 mg oral morphine/day or to transdermal fentanyl 25-200 µg/hour? For conversion

6. Is the background pain generally stable and on average controlled to a mild level
(defined as ≤4 on an 11 point NRS) by the background opioid?

7. Is the BTP(s) in general of so severe pain intensity that the patient judges he/she
needs additional analgesics (apart from background pain analgesics) and does it
normally last for more than 15 minutes?

8. Does the patient in general while using a stable, fixed-schedule, opioid regimen have
at least three BTP episodes per week but no more than four BTP episodes per day?*

9. Has the patient obtained at least partial relief of BTP(s) with his/her usual
immediate-release strong opioid, i.e. oral morphine, oxycodone, hydromorphone or
transmucosal fentanyl?

10. Is the patient able to use intranasal drugs?

11. Does the patient use adequate contraceptive precaution (contraceptive pill, implant
or injection or intrauterine device) in the trial period?

12. Did the patient have a negative pregnancy test at the inclusion in studies FT-016-IM
or FT-017-IM?

Exclusion Criteria:

All exclusion criteria must be answered "no" for a patient to participate in the trial.

1. Does the patient have a recent history of substance abuse?

2. Is the patient pregnant or nursing during the trial period?

3. Has the patient neurological or psychiatric impairment that may compromise data

4. Has the patient severe hepatic impairment? (Investigator's judgement according to
local practice)

5. Has the patient had any recent therapy, which could potentially alter pain or
response to analgesics to a degree, where the need for background opioid will be less
than 60 mg morphine or morphine equivalents/day or less than 25 µg/hour transdermal
fentanyl or the number of BTP episodes will be less than three per week during the
trial period?

6. Has the patient had facial radiotherapy?

7. Has the patient been treated with MAO inhibitor within the last 14 days?

8. Does the patient use Methadone or Buprenorphine?

9. Does the patient have an impaired respiratory function to an extent, which may
severely increase the risk of clinically relevant respiratory depression by BTP
fentanyl treatment?

10. Does the patient use drugs for intranasal administration?

11. Does the patient have nasopharyngeal probe?

12. Is the patient known to be hypersensitive to fentanyl or to other opioids or any of
their excipients?

13. Has the patient any head injury, primary brain tumour or other pathological
conditions, which could significantly increase the risk of increased intracranial
pressure or impaired consciousness?

14. Has the patient concomitant participation in any other trial with an investigational
drug or device apart from cancer treatment and participation in intranasal fentanyl
trials FT-016-IM/ FT-017-IM within 30 days prior to inclusion in this trial?

15. Does the patient have pathological conditions of the nasal cavity as contraindication
to intranasal fentanyl?

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Double-Blind, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Principal Investigator

Nycomed Clinical Trial Operations

Investigator Role:

Study Chair

Investigator Affiliation:



Austria: Federal Ministry for Health and Women

Study ID:




Start Date:

June 2006

Completion Date:

March 2008

Related Keywords:

  • Cancer
  • Cancer pain with breakthrough pain episodes