The main objective of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of Viltolarsen compared to placebo in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) patients amenable to exon 53 skipping.



Eligible Ages
Between 4 Years and 7 Years
Eligible Genders
Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion Criteria

  • Male ≥ 4 years and < 8 years of age
  • Confirmed DMD mutation(s) in the dystrophin gene that is amenable to skipping of exon 53 to restore the dystrophin mRNA reading frame
  • Able to walk independently without assistive devices
  • TTSTAND < 10 seconds
  • Stable dose of glucocorticoid (GC) for at least 3 months prior to study entry and is expected to remain on stable dose of GC treatment for the duration of the study
  • Other inclusion criteria may apply

Exclusion Criteria

  • Current or history of chronic systemic fungal or viral infections
  • Acute illness within 4 weeks prior to the first dose of study drug
  • Evidence of symptomatic cardiomyopathy (Note: Asymptomatic cardiac abnormality on investigation would not be exclusionary)
  • Allergy or hypersensitivity to the study drug or to any of its constituents
  • Severe behavioral or cognitive problems that preclude participation in the study, in the opinion of the investigator
  • Previous or ongoing medical condition, medical history, physical findings or laboratory abnormalities that could affect safety, make it unlikely that treatment and follow-up will be correctly completed or impair the assessment of study results, in the opinion of the investigator;
  • Surgery within the 3 months prior to the first dose of study drug or surgery is planned for anytime during the duration of the study
  • Participant has positive test results for hepatitis B antigen, hepatitis C antibody or human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Currently taking any other investigational drug or has taken any other investigational drug within 3 months prior to the first dose of study drug or within 5 times the half-life of a medication, whichever is longer
  • Previously enrolled in an interventional study of viltolarsen
  • Currently taking any other exon skipping agent or has taken any other exon skipping agent within 3 months prior to the first dose of study drug
  • Having taken any gene therapy
  • Other exclusion criteria may apply

Study Design

Phase 3
Study Type
Intervention Model
Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose
Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
Patients amenable to exon 53 skipping will receive viltolarsen intravenous (IV) infusions, weekly, at 80 mg/kg for up to 48 weeks.
  • Drug: Viltolarsen
    IV infusion
    Other names:
    • NS-065/NCNP-01
Placebo Comparator
Patients amenable to exon 53 skipping will receive placebo intravenous (IV) infusions, weekly, for up to 48 weeks.
  • Drug: Placebo
    IV infusion

Recruiting Locations

University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City, Kansas 66160

More Details

NS Pharma, Inc.

Study Contact

Trial Info

Detailed Description

This is a Phase 3 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multi-center study to assess the efficacy and safety of Viltolarsen in ambulant boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Eligible patients with out-of-frame deletion mutations amenable to exon 53 skipping will be randomized to receive once weekly intravenous (IV) infusions of 80 mg/kg Viltolarsen or placebo for up to 48 weeks.

The study will enroll approximately 74 patients amenable to exon 53 skipping. Clinical efficacy will be assessed at regularly scheduled study visits, including functional tests such as Time to Stand Test (TTSTAND), Time to Run/Walk 10 Meters Test (TTRW), Six-minute Walk Test (6MWT), North Star Ambulatory Assessment (NSAA), Time to Climb 4 Steps Test (TTCLIMB) and Hand-held dynamometer (elbow extension, elbow flexion, knee extension and knee flexion on the dominant side only).

Safety will be assessed through the collection of adverse events (AEs), laboratory tests, electrocardiograms (ECGs), vital signs, and physical examinations throughout the study.

Blood samples will be taken periodically throughout the study to assess the pharmacokinetics of study drug.


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