Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial 4 (ACTT-4)

Trial ID or NCT#



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ACTT-4 will evaluate the combination of baricitinib and remdesivir compared to dexamethasone and remdesivir. Subjects will be assessed daily while hospitalized. If the subjects are discharged from the hospital, they will have a study visit at Days 15, 22, and 29. For discharged subjects, it is preferred that the Day 15 and 29 visits are in person to obtain safety laboratory tests, oropharyngeal (OP) swabs, plasma (Day 29), and serum for secondary research as well as clinical outcome data. However, if infection control or other restrictions limit the ability of the subject to return to the clinic, these visits may be conducted by phone, and only clinical data will be obtained. The Day 22 visit does not have laboratory tests or collection of samples and is conducted by phone. The primary objective is to evaluate the clinical efficacy of baricitinib + remdesivir versus dexamethasone + remdesivir as assessed by the mechanical ventilation free survival by Day 29.

Official Title

A Multicenter, Adaptive, Randomized Blinded Controlled Trial of the Safety and Efficacy of Investigational Therapeutics for the Treatment of COVID-19 in Hospitalized Adults (ACTT-4)

Eligibility Criteria

Ages Eligible for Study: 18 Years to 99 Years
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers: No
Inclusion Criteria:
  1. 1. Hospitalized with symptoms suggestive of COVID-19. 2. Subject (or legally authorized representative) provides informed consent prior to initiation of any study procedures and understands and agrees to comply with planned study procedures. 3. Male or non-pregnant female adult > / = 18 years of age at time of enrollment. 4. Illness of any duration and has laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection as determined by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) or other commercial or public health assay (e.g. NAAT, antigen test) in any respiratory specimen or saliva < / = 14 days prior to randomization. 5. Within the 7 days prior to randomization requiring new use of supplemental oxygen (or increased oxygen requirement if on chronic oxygen) and requires at the time of randomization low or high flow oxygen devices or use of non-invasive mechanical ventilation (ordinal scale category 5 or 6). 6. Women of childbearing potential must agree to either abstinence or use at least one primary form of contraception not including hormonal contraception from the time of screening through Day 29. 7. Agrees not to participate in another blinded clinical trial (both pharmacologic and other types of interventions) for the treatment of COVID-19 through Day 29.
Exclusion Criteria:
  1. 1. Prior enrollment in ACTT-3 or ACTT-4. Note: this includes subjects whose participation in ACTT was terminated early. 2. On invasive mechanical ventilation at the time of randomization (ordinal scale category 7). 3. Anticipated discharge from the hospital or transfer to another hospital which is not a study site within 72 hours of randomization. 4. Positive test for influenza virus during the current illness (influenza testing is not required by protocol). 5. Subjects with a low glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), specifically: 1. Subjects with an eGFR 15-30 mL/min are excluded unless in the opinion of the PI, the potential benefit of participation outweighs the potential risk of study participation. 2. All subjects with an eGFR <15 mL/min 3. All subjects on hemodialysis and/or hemofiltration at screening, irrespective of eGFR are excluded. 6. Neutropenia (absolute neutrophil count <700 cells/microliter, 0.7 x 10^3/microliter). 7. Lymphopenia (absolute lymphocyte count <200 cells/microliter, 0.20 x 10^3/microliter). 8. Received five or more doses of remdesivir including the loading dose, outside of the study as treatment for COVID-19. 9. Pregnancy or breast feeding (lactating women who agree to discard breast milk from Day 1 until two weeks after the last study product is given are not excluded). 10. Allergy to any study medication. 11. Received convalescent plasma or intravenous immunoglobulin [IVIg] for COVID-19, the current illness for which they are being enrolled. 12. Received any of the following in the two weeks prior to screening as treatment of COVID-19: - More than one dose of baricitinib for the treatment of COVID-19; - Other small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitors (e.g. imatinib, gefitinib, acalabrutinib, etc.); - monoclonal antibodies targeting cytokines (e.g., TNF inhibitors, anti-interleukin-1 [IL-1], anti-IL-6 [tocilizumab or sarilumab], etc.); - monoclonal antibodies targeting T-cells or B-cells as treatment for COVID-19. Note: receipt of anti-SARS-CoV-2 monoclonal antibody (mAb) prior to enrollment (e.g. bamlanivimab) for their current COVID-19 illness is not exclusionary 13. Use of probenecid that cannot be discontinued at study enrollment. 14. Received 6 mg or more of dexamethasone by mouth (po) or Intravenous (IV) (or equivalent for other glucocorticoids) in one day, on more than one day, in the 7 days prior to time of randomization. Note: 6 mg dexamethasone dose equivalents include 40 mg prednisone, 32 mg methylprednisolone and 160 mg hydrocortisone. 15. Received > / = 20 mg/day of prednisone po or IV (or equivalent for other glucocorticoids) for > / = 14 consecutive days in the 4 weeks prior to screening. 16. Have diagnosis of current active or latent tuberculosis (TB), if known, treated for less than 4 weeks with appropriate therapy (by history only, no screening required). 17. Serious infection (besides COVID-19), immunosuppressive state, or immunosuppressive medications that in the opinion of the investigator could constitute a risk when taking baricitinib or dexamethasone. 18. Have received any live vaccine (that is, live attenuated) within 4 weeks before screening, or intend to receive a live vaccine (or live attenuated) during the study. Note: Use of non-live (inactivated) vaccinations including SARS-CoV-2 vaccine is allowed for all subjects. 19. Had a known Venous thromboembolism (VTE)(deep vein thrombosis [DVT] or pulmonary embolism [PE]) during the current COVID-19 illness.


Evelyn Bin Ling
Evelyn Bin Ling
Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine