Efficacy and Safety of Pimavanserin as Adjunctive Treatment for the Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia (ADVANCE-2)

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Acadia Pharmaceuticals

Status and phase

Active, not recruiting
Phase 3




Drug: Placebo
Drug: Pimavanserin

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


To evaluate the efficacy and safety of adjunctive pimavanserin compared with adjunctive placebo in the treatment of negative symptoms of schizophrenia


454 patients




18 to 55 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Male or female, ≥18 and ≤55 years of age at the time of Screening
  • Has a caregiver or some other identified responsible person (e.g., family member, social worker, caseworker, or nurse) considered reliable by the Investigator in providing support to the subject to help ensure compliance with study treatment, study visits, and protocol procedures, and who is also able to provide input helpful for completing study rating scales
  • Diagnosis of schizophrenia made ≥1 year prior to Screening

Is being treated must be one of the antipsychotics listed below:


  • Aripiprazole long-acting injectables
  • Abilify Maintena®
  • Aristada®
  • Asenapine
  • Brexpiprazole
  • Cariprazine
  • Lurasidone
  • Olanzapine
  • Paliperidone extended release (ER) (≤9 mg)

Paliperidone palmitate

  • Invega Sustenna® (≤156 mg)
  • Invega Trinza® (≤546 mg)
  • Trevicta® (≤350 mg)
  • Xeplion® (≤100 mg)
  • Risperidone
  • Risperidone long-acting injection
  • Must be medically stable (including no recent hospitalization for exacerbation of psychiatric disorder) and has been medically stable for at least 12 weeks prior to Screening, in the opinion of the Investigator

Exclusion criteria

  • Has a current comorbid psychiatric disorder other than schizophrenia or a disorder that would interfere with the ability to complete study assessments
  • Is at a significant risk of suicide, in the opinion of the Investigator
  • Has a significant risk of violent behavior in the opinion of the Investigator
  • A confirmed urine drug screen (UDS) result at Baseline that indicates the presence of any tested prohibited substance of potential abuse, including marijuana
  • Is taking a medication or drug or other substance that is prohibited according to this protocol, including medications that prolong the QT interval, strong cytochrome P450 (CYP) 3A4 enzyme (CYP3A4) inhibitors and inducers
  • Known family or personal history or symptoms of long QT syndrome or risk factors for torsade de pointes and/or sudden death, including symptomatic bradycardia, hypokalemia or hypomagnesemia, and the presence of congenital prolongation of the QT interval
  • Current evidence, or history within the previous 12 weeks prior to Screening, of a serious and/or unstable psychiatric, neurologic, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, hepatic, hematologic, or other medical disorder, including cancer or malignancies that in the judgment of the Investigator would jeopardize the safe participation of the subject in the study
  • Has moderate to severe congestive heart failure
  • Has a history of myocardial infarction within 6 months prior to enrollment
  • Has a body mass index (BMI) <19 or ≥35 at Screening

Additional inclusion/exclusion criteria apply. Patients will be evaluated at screening to ensure that all criteria for study participation are met. Patients may be excluded from the study based on these assessments (and specifically, if it is determined that their baseline health and condition do not meet all prespecified entry criteria).

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


Quadruple Blind

454 participants in 2 patient groups, including a placebo group

Drug - Pimavanserin
Experimental group
Pimavanserin 34 mg taken as two tablets + background antipsychotic, once daily by mouth
Drug: Pimavanserin
Placebo Comparator group
Placebo + background antipsychotic, taken as two tablets, once daily by mouth
Drug: Placebo

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

Sandra Filosi

Data sourced from clinicaltrials.gov

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