Major Depressive Disorder | Study of Brexpiprazole as Adjunctive Treatment of Irritability in Patients With Major Depressive Disorder and an Inadequate Response to Antidepressant Therapy

Major Depressive Disorder research study

What is the primary objective of this study?

To explore the anti-impulsive and anti-aggressive properties of brexpiprazole in a naturalistic setting of depressed patients with irritability.

Who is eligible to participate?

Inclusion Criteria: Main selection criteria at screening visit: - The patient has a Major Depressive Episode (MDE) associated to Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) diagnosed according to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th edition, Text Revision (DSM-IV-TR™). The current MDE should be confirmed using the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) - The patient has an inadequate response to at least one antidepressant treatment (including the treatment the patient is taking at screening) in the current MDE, as documented by self-report as less than a pre-defined percentage response on the Massachusetts General Hospital Antidepressant Treatment Response Questionnaire (ATRQ). - Pre-defined MADRS total score - Pre-defined CGI-S total score - The patient has had the current MDE for ≥10 weeks - The patient is receiving a SSRI or SNRI antidepressant treatment for ≥6 weeks, at same dosage for ≥2 weeks - Pre-defined Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology - Clinician-Rated - 30 items (IDS-C 30) Item 6 Mood (irritable) score Main inclusion criteria at baseline visit: - The patient still fulfils DSM-IV-TR™ criteria for MDE - Pre-defined MADRS total score - Pre-defined CGI-I (Lead-in period) score - The patient received the same SSRI or SNRI antidepressant treatment at adequate doses during the entire lead-in period - The patient has less than a pre-defined percentage decrease in MADRS score at the end of the lead-in period as compared to the screening visit - The patient still has the pre-defined IDS-C 30 Item 6 Mood (Irritable) score Exclusion Criteria: - The patient has any current psychiatric disorder or Axis I disorder (DSM-IV-TR™ criteria), established as the principal diagnosis, other than MDD. All anxiety disorders, impulse-control disorders such as intermittent explosive disorder, as well as non-suicidal self-injury are not excluded diagnoses as far as they are not considered as principal diagnosis. - The patient has a current Axis II (DSM-IV-TR™) diagnosis of antisocial, borderline, paranoid, schizoid, schizotypical, or histrionic personality disorder. - The patient has experienced/experiences hallucinations, delusions, or any psychotic symptomatology in the current MDE. - The patient, in the opinion of the investigator or based on C-SSRS rating, is at significant risk of suicide. - The patient has started formal cognitive or behavioural therapy or systematic psychotherapy within 6 weeks prior to screening, or plans to start such therapy during the study. Any ongoing formal psychotherapy initiated more than 6 weeks prior to screening should be continued with the same methodology and at the same frequency and intensity during the entire study. - The patient has a current diagnosis or history of substance abuse or dependence (excluding nicotine or caffeine) or alcohol abuse or dependence (DSM-IV-TR™ criteria) <6 months prior to the Screening Visit. - The patient reports adjunctive treatment with an antipsychotic medication together with an antidepressant for 3 weeks or more during the current MDE. - The patient has received electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) <6 months prior to the Screening Visit or at any time during the current MDE (if its duration is longer than 6 months). - The patient has had vagus nerve stimulation or a deep brain stimulation device implanted for the management of depression. Other inclusion and exclusion criteria may apply.

Which medical condition, disease, disorder, syndrome, illness, or injury is researched?

Major Depressive Disorder


Study Interventions

Interventions can include giving participants drugs, medical devices, procedures, vaccines, and other products that are either investigational or already available or noninvasive approaches such as surveys, education, and interviews.

Drug:Brexpiprazole2-3 mg/day, once daily dose, tablets, for oral use. The patients received 1mg/day brexpiprazole during Week 1 and 2mg/day during Week 2 (up-titration) and from Weeks 3 to 6 they received 3mg/day; depending on tolerability the dose could be reduced to 2mg/day based on the investigator's judgement.

Study Arms

Research studies and clinical trials typically have two or more research arms. An arm is a group of people who receive the same treatment in the study.

BrexpiprazoleBrexpiprazole adjunct to open-label commercially available Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) or Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor (SNRI) antidepressant treatment (ADT)

Study Status


Start Date: October 2013

Completed Date:

Phase: Phase 3

Type: Interventional


Primary Outcome: Change From Baseline to Week 6 in SIS Total Score

Secondary Outcome:

Study sponsors, principal investigator, and references

Principal Investigator: Email contact via H. Lundbeck A/S

Lead Sponsor: H. Lundbeck A/S


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