• Press Release

Mount Sinai Health System to Study Experimental Stroke Drug

  • New York, NY
  • (September 12, 2023)

The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai West will conduct a multi-center, randomized, phase 3 research study to learn if the experimental drug recombinant Factor VIIa (rFVIIA), a protein that our body makes, can be used to decrease bleeding in the brains of patients who experience sudden bleeding in the brain, also called intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH).

The study, titled “Recombinant Factor VIla (rFVIla) for Acute Hemorrhagic Stroke Administered at Earliest Time,” also referred to as the FASTEST trial, is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The research will be conducted at The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai West. Participants in the clinical trial will receive either the experimental drug rFVlla or a placebo (no active ingredient), and the best standard medical care.

ICH accounts for more than 10 percent of the estimated 17 million strokes worldwide each year and is the deadliest type of stroke, with a mortality rate of more than 40 percent. Currently, there is no effective treatment for ICH.

“Intracerebral hemorrhage, the most deadly type of stroke, occurs when a diseased blood vessel within the brain bursts, causing blood to leak inside the brain, creating pressure and potential damage to brain cells,” said Joseph Broderick, MD, FASTEST Principal Investigator. “Currently, there is no scientifically proven treatment for intracerebral hemorrhage. Our hope is that rFVIla, if administered within two hours of an intracerebral hemorrhage, will result in decreased bleeding as compared to placebo and improve outcome.”

The study will include adults from 18 through 80 years old with spontaneous bleeding in the brain, ICH. The study medicine will be given within two hours of stroke onset. Because acute ICH is a life-threatening condition requiring immediate treatment, some patients will be enrolled without consent if unconscious or a family member or other representative is not readily available. Every attempt will be made to locate family prior to enrollment to allow them to decide about the patient’s participation in the study.

Before the study starts at The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai West, one of the requirements to be a participating site is to engage in community outreach efforts to provide information, answer questions, and get community members’ input about this important clinical research. The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai West will be reaching out to community members to gain as much input as possible.

For more information about the research study, please visit https://nihstrokenet.org/trials/fastest/home or contact the study team using the information below.

Primary Investigator: John Liang, MD <john.liang@mountsinai.org>

Study Coordinator: Cynthia Nguyen <cynthia.nguyen@mountsinai.org>

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