for people ages 50 years and up (full criteria)
at UC Irvine
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This study is open to adults with COVID-19 infection who are in hospital and receive oxygen. Participants need to be 50 years of age or older and need to be at risk of further worsening of their condition. The purpose of the study is to find out whether a medicine called BI 764198 helps people with COVID-19 infection and breathing problems. BI 764198 may prevent cell death and swelling of the lung tissue and therefore help patients with COVID-19 infection. Participants are put into 2 groups by chance. One group of participants gets BI 764198 capsules and the other group gets placebo capsules. The placebo capsules look exactly like the BI 764198 capsules but do not contain any medicine. Participants take 1 capsule per day. Participants are in the study for about a month. At study end, doctors compare the 2 groups for the number of patients that are alive and do not need mechanical breathing support. During the study, the doctors collect information on any health problems of the participants.

Official Title

BI 764198 Efficacy and Safety in Prevention/Progression of ARDS and ARDS-related Complications Secondary to COVID-19 (ACTION ON COVID-19)




You can join if…

Open to people ages 50 years and up

  • Age ≥ 50 years
  • SARS-CoV-2 infection positive confirmed by PCR or approved point-of-care test
  • A score of 5 (hospitalised; oxygen by mask or nasal prongs) or 6 (hospitalised; oxygen by non-invasive ventilation or high flow), but not previously ≥7, on the WHO Clinical Progression Scale.
  • Signed and dated written informed consent in accordance with ICH-GCP and local legislation prior to admission to the trial.
  • Male or female patients. Women of childbearing potential (WOCBP) and men able to father a child must abstain from male female sex or must use highly effective methods of birth control per ICH M3 (R2) that result in a low failure rate of less than 1% per year when used consistently and correctly during hospitalisation for at least 7 days after last trial drug intake

You CAN'T join if...

  • Alanine aminotransferase (ALT)/aspartate aminotransferase (AST) >5 × the upper limit of normal (ULN).
  • Known active infection with HIV or hepatitis B or C.
  • Pulmonary oedema/respiratory failure due to cardiogenic insult.
  • Previous to hospitalisation, on long-term oxygen therapy.
  • A confirmed baseline prolongation of QTc interval to greater than 450 ms in males or 470 ms in females according to the Bazett formula, or any other relevant ECG finding at screening, or concomitant use of medication prolonging QT interval.
  • Stage 4 severe chronic kidney disease or requiring dialysis (i.e., eGFR <30 mL/min/1.73 m2).

History of the following cardiac conditions:

  • Myocardial infarction within 3 months prior to the first dose
  • Unstable angina
  • History of clinically significant long QT features on electrocardiogram (ECG) or history of familial long QT
  • Anticipated transfer/discharge to another hospital or care facility other than their place of residence
  • Further exclusion criteria apply


  • University of California Irvine accepting new patients
    Orange California 92868 United States
  • MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital accepting new patients
    Tacoma Washington 98405 United States


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Boehringer Ingelheim
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Phase 2
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