Trial Condition(s):

Erectile Dysfunction

Study to investigate the efficacy and safety of vardenafil flexible dose versus placebo in males with erectile dysfunction

Bayer Identifier:

100519 Identifier:


EudraCT Number:

Not Available

EU CT Number:

Not Available

Study Completed

Trial Purpose

Study to investigate the efficacy and safety of vardenafil flexible dose versus placebo in males with erectile dysfunction, and their female partners' sexual quality of life.

Inclusion Criteria
- Males who have had ED for at least six months according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Consensus Conference December 7-9, 1992  (inability to attain and/or maintain penile erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance). 
- Stable, heterosexual relationship for more than 6 months.
- Males 18 years, and older.
- Written informed consent obtained.
- The subject and his female partner must make at least four attempts at sexual intercourse on four separate days during the untreated baseline period (according to the answer to the following question in the Patient Diary: "Was sexual activity initiated with the intention of intercourse?").
- At least 50% of attempts at sexual intercourse during the untreated baseline period must be unsuccessful, according to the following questions from the subject diary (at least one question should be answered "No"): "Were you able to achieve at least some erection (some enlargement of the penis)?"; "Were you able to insert your penis in your partner's vagina?"; "Did your erection last long enough for you to have successful intercourse?".
Exclusion Criteria
A) Previous or current medical conditions:
- Any unstable medical, psychiatric, or substance abuse disorder that in the opinion of the Investigator is likely to affect the subject's ability to complete the study or precludes the subject's participation in the study.
- Presence of penile anatomical abnormalities (e.g. penile fibrosis or Peyronie's disease) which, in the Investigator's opinion, would significantly impair erectile function.
- Primary hypoactive sexual desire.
- Spinal cord injury.
- History of surgical prostatectomy (excluding TURP).
- Retinitis pigmentosa.
- Unstable angina pectoris.
- History of myocardial infarction, stroke or life-threatening arrhythmia within the prior 6 months.
- Uncontrolled atrial fibrillation/flutter at screening (ventricular response rate ≥ 100 bpm).
- Severe chronic or acute liver disease, history of moderate or severe hepatic impairment.
- Clinically significant chronic haematological disease which may lead to priapism such as sickle cell anemia and leukemia.
- Bleeding disorder.
- Significant active peptic ulcer disease.
- Resting hypotension (a resting systolic blood pressure of < 90 mm Hg) or  hypertension (a resting systolic blood pressure > 170 mm Hg or a resting diastolic blood pressure > 110 mm Hg).
- History of malignancy within the past 5 years (other than squamous or basal cell skin cancer).
- NYHA Class III and IV heart failure.
- History of positive test for Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) or Hepatitis C.
- Symptomatic postural hypotension within 6 months of visit 1.

B) Concomitant medication:
- Subjects who are taking nitrates or nitric oxide donors.
- Subjects who take anticoagulants, except for antiplatelet agents.
- Subjects who are taking androgens.
- Subjects who are taking anti-androgens.
- Subjects who are taking the following inhibitors of cytochrome P450 3A4: very potent HIV protease inhibitors (ritonavir, indinavir), the anti-mycotic agents itraconazole and ketoconazole (topical forms are allowed) or erythromycin.
- Subjects who have received any investigational drug (including placebo) within 30 days of Visit 1.
- Use of any treatment for ED within 7 days of visit 1 or during the study, including oral medications, vacuum devices, constrictive devices, injections or urethral suppositories.
- Subjects who are taking alpha blockers

C) Abnormal laboratory values:
- Subjects who have a serum total testosterone level more than 25% below the age-adjusted lower limit of normal according to the range of the testing laboratory.
- Subjects with a serum creatinine > 3.0 mg/dl.
- Elevation of AST and/or ALT > 3 times the upper limit of normal.
- Diabetic subjects with an HbA1c>12%.

D) Other  Exclusion Criteria:
- Subjects age 65 or older who in the judgment of the investigator can not be started on a 10 mg dose
- Subjects with a history of unresponsiveness to any PDE 5 Inhibitor treatment due to lack of efficacy or significant side effects leading to discontinuation of the PDE 5 Inhibitor treatment.
- Subjects unwilling to cease use of vacuum devices, intracavernosal injections, Viagra® or other therapy for ED during the study.
- Unwillingness of the subject or his partner to make 4 attempts at sexual intercourse on four separate days during the untreated baseline period.
- Subjects with known hypersensitivity to Vardenafil, Bay 38-9456 (also known as SB-782528) or any component of the investigational medication. 
- Subjects who are illiterate or unable to understand the questionnaires or the Patient Diary.
- Partners who are illiterate or unable to understand the questionnaires.
- Subjects who are unwilling or unable to complete the Patient Diary. 
- Subjects or partners who, in the opinion of the investigator, would be non-compliant with the visit schedule of study procedures.
- Subjects unwilling to refrain from consuming grapefruit juice or products containing grapefruit juice with study medication (Canada only).

Trial Summary

Enrollment Goal
Trial Dates
Could I receive a placebo?
Levitra (Vardenafil, BAY38-9456)
Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Where to Participate


Arizona Research Center, Inc.

Phoenix, United States, 85023


The Male Clinic

Beverly Hills, United States, 90212


St. Paul's Hospital - Saskatoon

Saskatoon, Canada, S7M 0Z9


California Professional Research

Newport Beach, United States, 92660


Prostate Cancer Institute

Calgary, Canada, T2V 4R6


San Diego Uro-Research

San Diego, United States, 92101


San Bernardino Urological Associates

San Bernardino, United States, 92404


Probity Medical Research/Urology Associates

Kitchener, Canada, N2M 5N4


Office of Dr. G.K.Jansz, MD

Burlington, Canada, L7N 3V2


The Lipid Center

Statesville, United States, 28677


Male/Female Health & Research Centre

Barrie, Canada, L4M 4S5


Scripps Clinic

San Diego, United States, 92128


Clinical Research Consultants, Inc.

Trumbull, United States, 06611


Georgia Urology, PA

Riverdale, United States, 30274


Metrolina Medical Research Associates

Charlotte, United States, 28209


St.Joseph's Health Care-London

London, Canada, N6A 4V2


Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

New Brunswick, United States, 08901


The Male Health Centres

Oakville, Canada, L6H 3P1


Dr.Peter J.Pommerville, Inc.

Victoria, Canada, V8T 5G1


Radiant Research-Irvine

Irvine, United States, 92618-3603


New Havover Medical Research Associates

Wilmington, United States, 28412


University Urology Associates

New York, United States, 10016


Lawrenceville Urology

Lawrenceville, United States, 08648


Greenbelt Medical Associates

Greenbelt, United States, 20770


Jacksonville Impotence Treatment Center

Jacksonville, United States, 32257


Johns Hopkins at Greenspring Station

Lutherville, United States, 21093

Trial Design