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Quick Info
This study has been terminated
Estimated Enrollment
Treatment Type
Drug: Acthar and Placebo
Trial Type
Randomized, parallel assignment
Primary Investigator
Susan VanMeter - Study Director
Contact Information
Canada, Alberta
Edmonton Kaye Clinic, Edmonton, AB, T6G 1Z1, Canada
Canada, Quebec
Recherche Sepmus inc, Greenfield Park, QC, J4V 2J2, Canada
Centre de recherché Centre Hospitalier de l'Universite de Montreal , Montreal, QC, H2XOA9, Canada
Montreal Neurological Institute & Hospital, Montréal, QC, H3A 2B4, Canada
Chile, Other
Biomedica Research Group AV Salvador 149, oficina 1101, Santiago, 7500710, Chile
Centro de Trastornos del Movimiento (CETRAM), Santiago, Metropolitana, Chile
Colombia, Other
Centro de Investigaciones Clínicas SAS, Cali, 760036, Colombia
United States, Arizona
Neuromuscular Research Center, Phoenix, AZ, 85208, United States
Mayo Clinic - Arizona, Scottsdale, AZ, 85259, United States
United States, California
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern Ca, Angeles, CA, 90033, United States
University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA, 92037, United States
Loma Linda University Health System, Department of, Loma Linda, CA, 92354, United States
University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 90095, United States
University of California Irvine Medical Center, Orange, CA, 92868, United States
California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco, CA, 94115, United States
University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 94143, United States
United States, Colorado
Colorado Springs Neurological Associates, Colorado Springs, CO, 80907, United States
United States, District of Columbia
Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 20007, United States
George Washington University, Washington,, DC, 20037, United States
United States, Florida
University of Florida - McKnight Brain Institute, Gainesville, FL, 32611, United States
University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, 33612, United States
United States, Georgia
Emory University, Atlanta, GA, 30322, United States
Augusta University, Augusta, GA, 30912, United States
United States, Indiana
Indiana University-Neuroscience Center of Excellen, Indianapolis, IN, 46202, United States
United States, Kansas
University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, 66160, United States
United States, Kentucky
University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, Lexington, KY, 40536, United States
United States, Maryland
John Hopkins Outpatient Center, Baltimore, MD, 21287, United States
United States, Massachusetts
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, 01655, United States
United States, Michigan
Mercy Health- Saint Mary's, Grand Rapids, MI, 49503, United States
United States, Nebraska
Neurology Associates, Lincoln, NE, 68510, United States
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Physicians, Omaha, NE, 68198, United States
United States, Nevada
Las Vegas Clinic, Las Vegas, NV, 89145, United States
United States, New Jersey
Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune, NJ, 07753, United States
United States, New York
Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, 10032, United States
United States, Oregon
Providence ALS Center, Portland, OR, 97213, United States
United States, Pennsylvania
Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA, 17033, United States
Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 19140, United States
Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, 15212, United States
United States, Tennessee
Wesley Neurology Clinic, Cordova, TN, 38018, United States
United States, Texas
Austin Neuromuscular Center, Austin, TX, 78756, United States
Texas Neurology, P.A., Dallas, TX, 75214, United States
The Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, 77030, United States
United States, Virginia
VCU Medical Center, Richmond, VA, 23298, United States
United States, Washington
Swedish Neuroscience Institute, Seattle, WA, 98122, United States
United States, Wisconsin
Medical College of Wisconsin/Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee, WI, 53226, United States
Enrollment Criteria
Breathing Ability
Percent lung function (FVC) or (SVC)
≥ 60%
Months Since Onset
Number of months since first symptoms of ALS.
≤ 2 years
Non-Invasive Ventilation (NIV)
Can PALS use a BiPAP in the trial?
Diaphragm Pacer (DPS)
Can PALS use a DPS in the trial?
Edaravone Usage
Can a PALS use edaravone (Radicut/Radicava) while enrolled in the trial?
Update Notes
Trial terminated
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Other Information

About 213 people with ALS will participate in this study. There will be locations in North and South America. During the first part, participants will be randomly assigned to a group (like by flipping a coin). Out of every 3, 2 will get the study drug and 1 will get a look-alike with no drug in it (placebo). During the second part, everyone will get the study drug. Participation will help doctors find out if Acthar can help or slow down the symptoms of ALS better than placebo.
18-75 years, all genders, not accepting healthy volunteers
This is a multicenter, multiple dose study to examine the effect of Acthar on functional decline in adult participants with ALS. Approximately 213 participants will be enrolled. Following a screening period of up to 28 days, participants with ALS and symptom onset (defined as first muscle weakness or dysarthria) ≤ 2 years prior to the Screening Visit will be randomized on a 2:1 basis to receive subcutaneous (SC) Acthar 0.2 mL (16 Units [U]) daily (QD) or SC matching placebo 0.2 mL QD for 36 weeks, followed by a 3-week taper. Participants who complete the 36 week double-blind treatment period are eligible to enter an Open Label Extension phase in which all participants will receive Acthar 0.2 mL (16 U) daily.
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