A Study to Investigate the Efficacy, Safety, and Tolerability of DFV890 for Inflammatory Marker Reduction in Adult Participants With Coronary Heart Disease and Elevated hsCRP

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Status and phase

Phase 2


Coronary Heart Disease


Drug: DFV890
Drug: Placebo

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


This Phase 2a clinical trial will evaluate the effectiveness, safety, and tolerability of increasing dose strengths of an oral daily medication, DFV890, administered for 12 weeks, to reduce key markers of inflammation related to CVD risk, such as IL-6 and IL-18, in approximately 24 people with known heart disease and an elevated marker of inflammation, hsCRP.

Full description

This is a multi-center, randomized, placebo-controlled, participant- and investigator-blinded study to evaluate the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of intra-individual dose escalation of DFV890 for inflammatory marker reduction in participants with coronary heart disease and elevated hsCRP. The study consists of a screening period of up to 60 days, a treatment period of approximately 12 weeks, an end of treatment (EOT) visit on Day 85, which is one day after the last dose on Day 84, a follow-up period of approximately 1 week and a standard safety-follow-up call approximately 30 days following the last dose. The overall study duration is approximately 24 weeks and approximately 24 participants will be enrolled into the trial.

Participants meeting all eligibility criteria will be randomized in a 5:5:1:1 ratio to one of four treatment sequences (three DFV890 treatment sequences or a placebo-only sequence). The dose of DFV890 will be uptitrated (according to the specific treatment sequence that the participant is assigned to) approximately every three weeks at the scheduled visits on Days 22, 43 and 64.


24 estimated patients




18 to 85 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Male and female participants aged between 18 - 85 years (inclusive) at the start of screening will be included.
  • Subjects must have a body mass index (BMI) within the range of 18 - 45 kg/m2. BMI = Body weight (kg) / [Height (m)]2
  • Documented spontaneous myocardial infarction (MI) (diagnosed according to the universal MI criteria with or without evidence of ST segment elevation) at least 30 days before the start of screening.
  • Participants must have hsCRP levels ≥ 2 mg/L at two timepoints during screening. Screening values must be separated by a minimum of 8 days. The initial hsCRP value must be a minimum of 30 days after the qualifying MI or after any percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) performed separately from the qualifying MI.
  • For participants on statin therapy (HMG-CoA reductase inhibitor), as clinically indicated, participants must be on a stable regimen (at least 4 weeks before randomization), with no planned statin dose changes over the course of the trial treatment period. Unplanned statin dose changes during the trial treatment period may occur.

Exclusion criteria

  • Patients receiving concomitant medications that are known to be strong or moderate inducers of cytochrome CYP2C9 enzyme and/or strong inducers of CYP3A, strong inhibitors of CYP2C9 and/or strong or moderate inhibitors of CYP3A and the treatment cannot be discontinued or switched to a different medication within 5 half-lives or 1 week (whichever is longer) prior to Day 1 and for the duration of the study.
  • Patients with suspected or proven immunocompromised state at screening
  • History of ongoing, chronic, or major recurrent infectious disease, at the discretion of the investigator, at the start of screening.
  • Use of any biologic drugs targeting the immune system within 26 weeks of Day 1
  • Multi-vessel Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) surgery within the past 6 months prior to the start of screening.
  • Symptomatic Class IV heart failure (New York Heart Association) at the start of screening.
  • Planned coronary revascularization (PCI or CABG) or any other major surgical procedure during the study.

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


Double Blind

24 participants in 4 patient groups, including a placebo group

Treatment Sequence 1
Experimental group
Participants will be administered Placebo and different doses of DFV890
Drug: Placebo
Drug: DFV890
Treatment sequence 2
Experimental group
Participants will be administered Placebo and different doses of DFV890
Drug: Placebo
Drug: DFV890
Treatment sequence 3
Experimental group
Participants will be administered different doses of DFV890
Drug: DFV890
Treatment sequence 4
Placebo Comparator group
Participants will be administered Placebo
Drug: Placebo

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

Novartis Pharmaceuticals; Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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