ALGRX 4975 in the Treatment of Tennis Elbow
A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Phase II, Exploratory Evaluation of ALGRX 4975 in Subjects With Acute Lateral Epicondylitis
  • Phase

    Phase 2
  • Study Type

  • Status

    Completed No Results Posted
  • Intervention/Treatment

    capsaicin ...
  • Study Participants

Tennis elbow is a painful condition that results from repetitive arm movement with overuse of muscles, e.g. when playing tennis. A single injection of ALGRX 4975 has the potential to reduce pain for a period of weeks to months. This study will test the efficacy and safety of ALGRX 4975 in the treatment of patients with tennis elbow.
Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow) is a painful condition that affects 4 to 7 adults per 1000 annually and tends to involve the subject's dominant side. It typically results from repetitive arm movement with over use of muscles leading to small tears in the tendons attaching muscles of the forearm to the epicondyles that may progress to tendonitis. Pain on or around the lateral epicondyle may radiate down the subject's arm. Gripping or extending the wrist often intensifies the pain.

More than 40 possible treatments have been proposed, reflecting a lack of consensus about optimal management. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly used to treat tennis elbow, but there are no trials to date that have compared them with other painkillers and one study found no clinically important benefit over placebo. Use of corticosteroid injections provides mixed results in relief of pain and at times insufficient evidence to support their use. Although complications associated with steroid injection are relatively uncommon, when a complication does occur, it can result in severe and disabling consequences for the subject. A small proportion of subjects fail to respond to only one injection of corticosteroid and some subjects who initially improved at four weeks had worse symptoms by six months.

This study has been designed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a single soft tissue injection of ALGRX 4975 at a dose of 100 µg in comparison to placebo in subjects with acute LE.
Study Started
Nov 30
Study Completion
Nov 30
Last Update
Dec 20

Drug ALGRX 4975


Inclusion Criteria:

Acute lateral epicondylitis (LE) of less than 3 months duration (subjects with recurrent acute LE may be included).
A screening and baseline severity of pain on resisted wrist dorsiflexion score of moderate or greater intensity.
Lidocaine responsive.
A systolic and diastolic blood pressure not greater than 140 and 95 mm Hg, respectively.

Exclusion Criteria:

Any clinically significant form of joint disease, elbow trauma or neuromuscular disorder at the elbow, other than acute LE.
Physiotherapy treatment within the preceding 2 weeks, prior to Visit 1.
Any systemic or local corticosteroids within the preceding 3 months, except nasal or inhaled steroids at less than or equal to 1000 mcg/day.
A medical condition other than LE that requires the use of a pain medication.
A peripheral sensory or motor neuropathy involving the upper extremities.
No Results Posted