for people ages 40 years and up (full criteria)
Healthy Volunteers
healthy people welcome
at San Francisco, California and other locations
study started
completion around



Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) sometimes experience symptoms affecting their movement, such as slowness, tremor, stiffness, and balance or walking problems. Many patients also have other symptoms not related to movement, called non-motor symptoms, which may affect one's mood or emotions, memory or thinking, or cause one to see or hear things that aren't real (hallucinations) or believe things that aren't true (delusions). Hallucinations or delusions, together called psychosis, occur in up to 60% of PD patients at some point in time. Parkinson's disease psychosis can sometimes be associated with decreased quality of life, increased nursing home placement, increased rate of death, and greater caregiver burden. There are approximately 50,000 Veterans with Parkinson's disease receiving care in the VA, and up to 30,000 (60%) of them will experience psychosis at some point in time.

Quetiapine is an antipsychotic drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that is the most commonly used medication to treat PD psychosis, but more studies are needed to determine if it works for this condition and is also well tolerated and safe. Pimavanserin is a newer antipsychotic drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) specifically to treat PD psychosis, but more studies are needed to determine if it works and its safety.

The purpose of this research is to gather additional information on the safety and effectiveness of both Quetiapine and Pimavanserin. By doing this study, the investigators hope to learn which of these medications is the most effective course of treatment for people with PD psychosis.

Official Title

CSP #2015 - Multicenter, Randomized, Double-blind Comparator Study of Antipsychotics Pimavanserin and Quetiapine for Parkinson''s Disease Psychosis (C-SAPP)


Parkinson's Disease Psychosis, Pimavanserin, Quetiapine, Parkinson Disease, Psychotic Disorders, Mental Disorders, Quetiapine Fumarate, Pimavanserin 34mg


You can join if…

Open to people ages 40 years and up

  • Veteran
  • Age 40 years or older
  • Diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease consistent with UK Parkinson's Disease Society Brain Bank Clinical Diagnostic Criteria
  • Psychosis [with Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI) hallucinations (B) or delusions (A) score 4 or greater]
  • Stable dose of PD medications for at least 1 month
  • If on an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor (AChEI) initially prescribed at least 3 months prior and stable dose (no dose or medication change) for past month
  • Informed other must provide informed consent and agree to attend all study visits. The informed other must be at least 18 years of age and have regular in-person contact with the patient (at least 5 days per week, and at least 4 hours per day that is spent with patient)
  • English-speaking


  • Age 18 years or older
  • Must have regular in-person contact with the patient (on average at least 5 days per week, and at least 4 hours per day that is spent with patient)
  • Agree to attend all study visits
  • Be able to provide informed consent
  • English-speaking

You CAN'T join if...

  • Psychosis symptoms severe enough to preclude enrollment in a clinical trial and require prompt clinical care instead
  • Treatment with an antipsychotic, including pimavanserin in the past year, except quetiapine <50 mg/day which has been discontinued for at least 1 month prior to study randomization
  • Deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery occurring within 6 months prior or has had stimulator adjustments in the previous month
  • History of a psychotic disorder prior to PD, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder
  • Suspected atypical parkinsonian disorder or dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)
  • Psychosis secondary to other toxic or metabolic disorder
  • History of long QT syndrome
  • Prolonged QTc [>450ms in men, >470ms in women] at screening
  • History of ventricular arrhythmias, or untreated or unstable atrial fibrillation/flutter
  • Currently taking medications that are moderate or strong CYP3A4 inducers or strong CYP3A4 inhibitors
  • Concomitant use of drugs that prolongs the QTc interval
  • Comorbid medical condition determined too severe by SI to allow participation in clinical trial
  • Failure to tolerate quetiapine or pimavanserin previously
  • Moderate to severe PD dementia (MoCA score <13)
  • Currently enrolled in another therapeutic or interventional study
  • Nursing home placement at screening or planned placement during the study
  • Active suicidality
  • Pregnant, or a female of child-bearing potential who is unwilling to use a reliable form of contraception


  • San Francisco VA Medical Center, San Francisco, CA not yet accepting patients
    San Francisco California 94121 United States
  • VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA accepting new patients
    Palo Alto California 94304-1207 United States
  • VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, West Los Angeles, CA accepting new patients
    West Los Angeles California 90073 United States


accepting new patients at some sites,
but this study is not currently recruiting here
Start Date
Completion Date
VA Office of Research and Development
Phase 4 research study
Study Type
Expecting 358 study participants
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