Due to the nature of Clostridium difficile infections, particularly the high rate of recurrence following standard treatments, participating in a clinical trial may be an option for sufferers who don’t respond to antibiotics. Some clinical trials focus on developing vaccines and other preventatives. Those trials often need healthy volunteers who haven’t had a CDI to participate. The following are large, active trials focused on C. diff treatment and prevention. For smaller scale and local trials, please visit our In Your State page and search for ones near you.
What is a Clinical Trial?
A clinical trial is a research study that using human volunteers that is intended to add to medical knowledge. Clinical trials can vary in size from a single location in one country to multiple locations in multiple countries. Some research studies may determine if an investigational product can be administered to children or special populations. Some studies assess a drug’s long-term effectiveness and its impact on the quality of a person’s life.
All studies of a drug, biological product, or medical device regulated by FDA must be reviewed, approved, and monitored by an institutional review board (IRB) or Ethics Committee (EC). All clinical trials are conducted using Principles of Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and are under the supervision of an IRB or EC whose mission is to ensure the safety and welfare of study participants. To learn more about clinical trials, please visit Clinical Trials.gov.
Rebiotix is a clinical stage biotechnology company that was founded to revolutionize the treatment of debilitating diseases by harnessing the power of the human microbiome. Microbiota Restoration Therapy (MRT) is the company’s platform for delivering live microbes into a sick patient’s intestinal tract to treat challenging disease and acts by enriching the microbial mix in the gut that may help restore the microbiome to a healthier state.
PUNCH™ CD is Rebiotix’s clinical program to assess the safety and efficacy of RBX2660 for the treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile (C. diff.) infection. Both the PUNCH CD and PUNCH CD 2 trials have completed enrollment. Rebiotix is working hard to bring a new treatment to market to address recurrent C. diff. infection.
Rebiotix is currently in development of an oral formulation, RBX7455, for the prevention of C. diff.
In addition, Rebiotix is leveraging their years of knowledge and experience to develop MRT applications for other conditions that result from disruption of the gut microbiota.
For more information on Rebiotix go to: http://www.rebiotix.com/clinical-trials/rbx2660-clinical-trials/
Seres’ Ecobiotics are designed to target the functional deficiencies in a dysbiotic microbiome, and to deliver the keystone features needed to disrupt the disease microbiome and catalyze the transition of the gut microbiota to a healthy state. They are currently running two clinical trials. Click here to learn more and see if you’re eligible.
Vaccine & Preventatives
The objective of the Cdiffense trial is to evaluate the safety, immunogenicity and efficacy of a toxoid vaccine for the prevention of primary symptomatic Clostridium difficile Infection. The trial is being conducted in 17 countries. Click here to see if there’s a study site near you and if you’re eligible.
A global, multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial to evaluate the ability of SYN-004 to degrade certain IV beta-lactam antibiotics within the GI tract to maintain the natural balance of the gut microbiome for the prevention of C. difficile infection, C. difficile associated diarrhea and antibiotic-associated diarrhea in patients hospitalized for a lower respiratory tract infection and receiving IV ceftriaxone. Click here to see if there’s a study site in the U.S. near you and if you’re eligible. Click here to learn more about SYN-004.