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A Study to Assess the Efficacy, Safety, and Tolerability of Oral LPCN 1148 in Male Subjects With Cirrhosis of the Liver and Sarcopenia


Brief Summary

This is a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to assess the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of LPCN 1148 in men with cirrhosis of the liver and sarcopenia.

Primary Purpose
Study Type
Phase II


Healthy Volunteers
Minimum Age
18 Years
Maximum Age

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male ≥ 18 years old
  • Currently listed, on the liver transplant waitlist for cirrhosis secondary to Hepatitis B or C infection, Alcoholic Liver Disease (ALD), Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis (NASH), Primary Biliary Cholangitis (PBC), or Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC)
  • Evidence of sarcopenia with appropriate cutoff recommended by clinical guidance

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Suspected or proven hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC)
  • History of current or suspected prostate or breast cancer
  • History of malignancies other than prostate, breast, or HCC, unless successfully treated with curative intent and believed to be cured (defined as complete remission lasting at least 5 years)
  • History of uncontrolled or recurrent portal hypertensive bleeding, including uncontrolled or recurrent bleeding from varices, gastropathy, colopathy, or hemorrhoidal bleeding in the past 6 months.
  • History or current thrombosis (including portal vein thrombosis), thromboembolism, or treatment for portal vein thrombosis
  • History of hemochromatosis
  • History of hypercoagulable state (e.g. Factor V Leiden deficiency, protein C deficiency, protein S deficiency, anti-thrombin III deficiency, or the presence of lupus anticoagulant)
  • Prior history of complications of ascites in the past 6 months including:
    • Spontaneous bacterial peritonitis
    • Hepatic hydrothorax
  • MELD score > 25
  • Abnormal lab value in serum chemistry, hematology, or urinalysis that the PI considers clinically significant, including but not limited to:
    • PSA > 4 ng/mL
    • Polycythemia (Hematocrit > ULN) or history of polycythemia
    • ALT or AST > 5x ULN
    • ALP > 2x ULN; subjects with PBC or PSC are excluded if ALP is > 10x ULN
    • Platelet count < 30,000/mL
    • EGFR < 30 mL/min/1.73 m2 for subjects not undergoing routine, scheduled dialysis
    • Serum albumin < 2.0 g/dL
    • INR > 2.3
  • Subjects with PSA between 2.5 ng/mL and 4 ng/mL are excluded only if any of the below criteria are met at baseline:
    • Hematocrit > 48%
    • I-PSS > 19
    • Any irregularity found on digital rectal examination of the prostate
  • Subjects with PSA > 3 ng/mL are excluded only if any of the below criteria are met at baseline:
    • Subject is African American
    • Subject has a first-degree relative who has a history of prostate cancer
    • Hematocrit > 48%
    • I-PSS > 19
    • Any irregularity found on digital rectal examination of the prostate
  • Clinically significant abnormal prostate digital rectal examination (DRE) in the opinion of the PI, with DRE screening initiated at International Prostate Symptom Score (I-PSS) > 19
  • History of bariatric surgery
  • History of stroke or myocardial infarction within the past 5 years
  • History of TIPS within the past 6 months, or TIPS procedure expected within 6 months of Day 1
  • Known positivity for Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection
  • Acute liver failure as the indication for addition to the liver transplant waitlist
  • Estimated life expectancy less than 3 months or expected to undergo liver transplant within 3 months
  • Known heart failure of New York Heart Association class III or IV
  • Evidence of severe encephalopathy at screening encephalopathy that is not controlled despite adequate medical therapy
  • History of prior organ transplant
  • History of Fontan physiology
  • History of pulmonary embolus
  • Porto-pulmonary hypertension
  • Hepatopulmonary syndrome requiring standing home supplemental oxygen therapy, or MELD exception points for hepatopulmonary syndrome
  • Uncontrolled epilepsy or migraine
  • Active substance abuse or dependency extending to within the previous 3 months
  • History of significant sensitivity or allergy to testosterone, or product excipients.
  • Use of known strong inhibitors (e.g., ketoconazole) or inducers (e.g., dexamethasone, phenytoin, rifampin, carbamazepine) of cytochrome P450 3A (CYP3A) within 30 days prior to study drug administration and through the end of the study
  • Subjects who are currently receiving any androgens (testosterone or other androgens or androgen-containing supplements) and are unwilling to washout prior to screening a. Washout: 12 weeks following long-acting intramuscular androgen injections; 4 weeks following topical or buccal androgens; 3 weeks following oral androgens
  • Uncontrolled hypertension (>160/90 mmHg despite treatment)
  • Uncontrolled obstructive sleep apnea
  • Use of any investigational drug within 5 half-lives of the last dose or in the past 6 months prior to Study Day -2 without medical monitor and/or Sponsor approval
  • Subject who is not willing to use adequate contraception for the duration of the study
  • Any other condition, which in the opinion of the investigator would impede compliance to the study protocol (including diet, exercise, and alcohol abstinence) or hinder completion of the study
  • Failure to give informed consent

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