Analysis of ECGs from a randomized double-blind study in patients with schizophrenia
The QT interval is the most widely used surrogate marker for predicting TdP; however, several alternative surrogate markers, such as Tpeak-Tend (TpTe) and a quantitative T-wave morphology combination score (MCS) have emerged. This study investigated the cardiac effects of sertindole and quetiapine using the QTc interval and newer surrogate markers. Data were derived from a 12 week randomized double-blind study comparing flexible dosage of sertindole 12-20mg and quetiapine 400-600mg in patients with schizophrenia. ECGs were recorded digitally at baseline and after 3, 6 and 12 weeks. Between group effects were compared by using a mixed effect model, whereas assessment within group was compared by using a paired t-test. Treatment with sertindole was associated with QTcF and QTcB interval prolongation and an increase in MCS, T-wave asymmetry, T-wave flatness and TpTe. The mean increase in QTcF from baseline to last observation was 12.1ms for sertindole (p<0.001) and -0.5ms for quetiapine (p=0.8). Quetiapine caused no increase in MCS, T-wave asymmetry, T-wave flatness or TpTe compared to baseline. In the categorical analysis, there were 11 patients (9.6%) receiving quetiapine who experienced more than 20ms QTcF prolongation compared with 36 patients (33.3%) in the sertindole group. Sertindole (12-20mg) was associated with moderate QTc prolongation and worsening of T-wave morphology in a study population of patients with schizophrenia. Although, quetiapine (400-600mg) did not show worsening of repolarization measures some individual patients did experience significant worsening of repolarization. Clinical Trials NCT00654706.
European Neuropsychopharmacology, 2015, Vol 25, Issue 3, p. 303-311
Journal Article; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't