Nilvadipine in mild to moderate Alzheimer disease: A randomised controlled trial.

Brian Lawlor, Ricardo Segurado, Sean Kennelly, Marcel G M Olde Rikkert, Robert Howard, Florence Pasquier, Anne Börjesson-Hanson, Magda Tsolaki, Ugo Lucca, D William Molloy, Robert Coen, Matthias W Riepe, János Kálmán, Rose Anne Kenny, Fiona Cregg, Sarah O'Dwyer, Cathal Walsh, Jessica Adams, Rita Banzi, Laetitia BreuilhLeslie Daly, Suzanne Hendrix, Paul Aisen, Siobhan Gaynor, Ali Sheikhi, Diana G Taekema, Frans R Verhey, Raffaello Nemni, Flavio Nobili, Massimo Franceschi, Giovanni Frisoni, Orazio Zanetti, Anastasia Konsta, Orologas Anastasios, Styliani Nenopoulou, Fani Tsolaki-Tagaraki, Magdolna Pakaski, Olivier Dereeper, Vincent de la Sayette, Olivier Sénéchal, Isabelle Lavenu, Agnès Devendeville, Gauthier Calais, Fiona Crawford, Michael Mullan, NILVAD Study Group

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BACKGROUND: This study reports the findings of the first large-scale Phase III investigator-driven clinical trial to slow the rate of cognitive decline in Alzheimer disease with a dihydropyridine (DHP) calcium channel blocker, nilvadipine. Nilvadipine, licensed to treat hypertension, reduces amyloid production, increases regional cerebral blood flow, and has demonstrated anti-inflammatory and anti-tau activity in preclinical studies, properties that could have disease-modifying effects for Alzheimer disease. We aimed to determine if nilvadipine was effective in slowing cognitive decline in subjects with mild to moderate Alzheimer disease.METHODS AND FINDINGS: NILVAD was an 18-month, randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind trial that randomised participants between 15 May 2013 and 13 April 2015. The study was conducted at 23 academic centres in nine European countries. Of 577 participants screened, 511 were eligible and were randomised (258 to placebo, 253 to nilvadipine). Participants took a trial treatment capsule once a day after breakfast for 78 weeks. Participants were aged >50 years, meeting National Institute of Neurological and Communicative Disorders and Stroke/Alzheimer's disease Criteria (NINCDS-ADRDA) for diagnosis of probable Alzheimer disease, with a Standardised Mini-Mental State Examination (SMMSE) score of ≥12 and
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e1002660
JournalPLoS Medicine
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018


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