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A Multi-center, Open-label, Single-arm, Phase 3b Study of Macitentan in Patients With Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension to Psychometrically Validate the PAH-SYMPACT Instrument




Inclusion and Exclusion Criteria

  • Inclusion Criteria:
  • Signed informed consent prior to initiation of any study mandated procedure
  • Patients with symptomatic PAH in World Health Organization (WHO) Functional Class (FC) II to IV
  • Patients with PAH belonging to one of the following subgroups of the Dana Point Clinical Classification Group 1:
  • Idiopathic, or
  • Heritable, or
  • Drug or toxin induced, or
  • Associated with one of the following: i. Connective tissue disease ii. Congenital heart disease with simple systemic-to-pulmonary shunt at least one year after surgical repair iii. HIV infection
  • Documented hemodynamic diagnosis of PAH by right heart catheterization - performed at any time prior to Screening showing:
  • Resting mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP) ≥ 25 mmHg and
  • Resting pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) > 240 dyn•s•cm-5 and
  • Pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) or left ventricular end diastolic pressure (LVEDP) ≤ 15 mmHg
  • 6-minute walk distance (6MWD) ≥ 150 m at Screening
  • Able to fluently speak and read English
  • For patients on phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors (PDE5i), inhaled prostacyclin analogues, or calcium channel blockers, stable doses for at least 3 months prior to Visit 2
  • For patients on oral diuretics, stable doses for at least 4 weeks prior to Visit 2
  • Men or women aged 18 or older
  • A woman is considered to be of childbearing potential unless she: - Has not yet entered puberty, or - Does not have a uterus, or - Has gone through menopause (has not had a period for at least 12 months for natural reasons, or who has had their ovaries removed)
  • A women of childbearing potential is eligible only if she meets both criteria below: - Has a negative serum pregnancy test at Screening and a negative urine pregnancy test at Baseline and agree to perform monthly urine pregnancy tests, and - Agrees to use two methods of contraception (one method for patients with a progesterone implant or an intrauterine device or tubal sterilization) from the Screening Visit 1 until one month after study drug discontinuation Exclusion Criteria:
  • Moderate to severe obstructive lung disease: forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1) / forced vital capacity < 70% and FEV1 < 65% of predicted value after bronchodilator administration
  • Moderate to severe restrictive lung disease: total lung capacity < 60% of predicted value
  • Hemoglobin < 75% of the lower limit of the normal range at screening
  • Serum aspartate aminotransferase (AST) and/or alanine aminotransferase (ALT) > 3 times the upper limit of normal (ULN) at screening
  • Estimated creatinine clearance < 30 mL/min at screening
  • Systolic blood pressure (SBP) < 90 mmHg at screening
  • Body weight < 40 kg at screening
  • Known concomitant life-threatening diseases with a life expectancy of < 12 months
  • Any condition that prevents compliance with the protocol or adherence to therapy
  • Treatment with endothelin receptor antagonists (ERAs) within 3 months prior to Visit 2, or scheduled to receive any of these compounds, other than macitentan, during the trial
  • Treatment with intravenous or subcutaneous prostacyclin or prostacyclin analogs within 3 months prior to Visit 2, or scheduled to receive any of these compounds during the trial
  • Treatment with riociguat within 3 months prior to Visit 2, or scheduled to receive riociguat during the trial
  • Treatment with strong cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A4 inducers or inhibitors within 4 weeks prior to Visit 2
  • Recently started (< 8 weeks prior to Visit 2) or planned cardio-pulmonary rehabilitation program based on exercise
  • Females who are lactating or pregnant (positive Screening or Baseline pregnancy test) or plan to become pregnant during the study
  • Known hypersensitivity to macitentan or its excipients or drugs of the same class
  • Treatment with another investigational drug within 3 months prior to Visit 2
  • Any known factor or disease that might interfere with treatment compliance, study conduct or interpretation of the results such as drug or alcohol dependence or psychiatric disease


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