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Assessment of boron-containing compounds and oleoylethanolamide supplementation on the recovery trend in patients with COVID-19: A structured summary of a study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Abstract

Objectives

In this study, we investigate the effect of boron-containing compounds and oleoylethanolamide supplementation on the recovery trend in patients with COVID-19.

Trial design

The current study is a single-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial with parallel groups.

Participants

The inclusion criteria include male and female patients≥18 years of age, with a confirmed diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and/or antibody test and with written informed consent to participate in this trial. The exclusion criteria include regular use of any other supplement, severe and critical COVID-19 pneumonia, pregnancy and breastfeeding. This study is being conducted at Imam Reza Hospital, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran.

Intervention and comparator

Patients are randomly assigned to four groups. The first group (A) will take one capsule containing 5 mg of boron compounds twice a day for two weeks. The second group (B) will take one capsule containing 200 mg oleoylethanolamide twice a day for two weeks. The third group (C) will take one capsule containing 5 mg boron compounds with 200 mg oleoylethanolamide twice a day for two weeks, and the fourth group (D) does not receive any additional treatment other than routine treatments. Boron-containing compounds and oleoylethanolamide capsules will be synthesized at Nutrition Research Center of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences.

Main outcomes

The primary end point of this study is to investigate the recovery rate of clinical symptoms, including fever, dry cough, and fatigue, as well as preclinical features, including complete blood count (CBC), the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), C-reactive protein (CRP) profiles within two weeks of randomization.

Randomisation

Patients are randomized into four equal groups in a parallel design (allocation ratio 1:1). A randomized block procedure is used to divide subjects into one of four treatment blocks (A, B, C, and D) by a computer-generated allocation schedule.

Blinding (masking)

The participants and investigators (enrolling, assessing, and analyzing) are blinded to the intervention assignments until the end of the study and data analysis.

Numbers to be randomised (sample size)

The calculated total sample size is 40 patients, with 10 patients in each group.

Trial Status

The protocol is Version 1.0, May 17, 2020. Recruitment began May 19, 2020, and is anticipated to be completed by October 19, 2020.

Trial registration

This clinical trial has been registered by the title of “Assessment of boron-containing compounds and oleoylethanolamide supplementation on the recovery trend in Patients with COVID-19: A double-blind randomized placebo-controlled clinical trial” in the Iranian Registry of Clinical Trials (IRCT). The registration number is “IRCT20090609002017N35”, https://www.irct.ir/trial/48058. The registration date is 17 May 2020.

Full protocol

The full protocol is attached as an additional file, accessible from the Trials website (Additional file 1). In the interest in expediting dissemination of this material, the familiar formatting has been eliminated; this Letter serves as a summary of the key elements of the full protocol.

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Availability of data and materials

The corresponding author has access to the final dataset of the trial, and the data will be available on reasonable request (Contact: Ostadrahimi@tbzmed.ac.ir).

Acknowledgements

The authors like to thank all the nurses and medical staff who dedicated their time and effort to managing patients during COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding

This trial has been supported by Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran. The funders have no role in the design of the trial, the intervention procedures, collection, evaluation, and analysis of data.

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Contributions

Study design and protocol development: AO and MM. Manuscript preparation: HT. Laboratory work: HS and BK. All aspects of the study conduction: HT, SP, NK and AM. The authors read and approved the final manuscript before submission.

Corresponding author

Correspondence to Alireza Ostadrahimi.

Ethics declarations

Ethics approval and consent to participate

The present trial was approved by the Ethics Committee of Tabriz University of Medical Sciences (Ethics committee reference number: IR.TBZMED.REC.1399.099) on May 06, 2020. The investigators declare the trial has received ethical approval from the appropriate ethical committee, as described above. Informed written consent will be obtained from all participants.

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Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

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Tutunchi, H., Mobasseri, M., Pourmoradian, S. et al. Assessment of boron-containing compounds and oleoylethanolamide supplementation on the recovery trend in patients with COVID-19: A structured summary of a study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials 21, 890 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13063-020-04820-2

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Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Randomised controlled trial
  • Protocol
  • Oleoylethanolamide
  • Boron-containing compounds
  • Complete blood count
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
  • C-reactive protein