• Pain · May 2013

    Randomized Controlled Trial

    A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of a chemokine receptor 2 (CCR2) antagonist in posttraumatic neuralgia.

    • Jarkko Kalliomäki, Nadine Attal, Bror Jonzon, Flemming W Bach, Karin Huizar, Stuart Ratcliffe, Britta Eriksson, Marcin Janecki, Andrei Danilov, Didier Bouhassira, and AZD2423 PTN Study Group.
    • AstraZeneca R&D Södertälje, SE-151 85 Södertälje, Sweden. jarkko.kalliomaki@ki.se
    • Pain. 2013 May 1;154(5):761-7.

    AbstractWe evaluated the analgesic efficacy, safety and tolerability of a novel chemokine receptor 2 (CCR2) antagonist, AZD2423, in posttraumatic neuralgia. This was a double-blind, randomized, parallel-group, multicentre study. One hundred thirty-three patients with posttraumatic neuralgia were equally randomized to 28days' oral administration of 20mg AZD2423, 150mg AZD2423 or placebo. The primary efficacy variable was the change of average pain score from 5days at baseline to the last 5days of treatment, measured by a numerical rating scale (NRS, 0-10). The secondary efficacy measures included NRS worst pain score, patient global impression of change, pain interference on sleep and activity, and Neuropathic Pain Symptom Inventory (NPSI). The change of the NRS average pain score was not significantly different between treatment groups (AZD2423 20mg -1.54; AZD2423 150mg -1.53; placebo -1.44). There were trends towards larger reduction of NPSI total score and NPSI subscores for paroxysmal pain and paresthesia/dysesthesia by AZD2423 150mg compared to placebo. No other secondary efficacy variables differed between treatment groups. The frequency and type of adverse events for AZD2423 were similar to placebo. Increased plasma levels of chemokine ligand 2 and reduced mean levels of monocytes (-30% by AZD2423 150mg) suggested that the administrated doses of AZD2423 had interacted with the CCR2 target. The CCR2 antagonist AZD2423 demonstrated no efficacy on NRS average pain scores and most of the secondary pain variables. The NPSI data suggested possible effects on certain sensory components of pain. There were no major safety or tolerability concerns.Copyright © 2013 International Association for the Study of Pain. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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