for people ages 18-55 (full criteria)
Healthy Volunteers
healthy people welcome
at San Francisco, California
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Jeffrey W Sall, PhD, MD
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Jeffrey W Sall



The specific aim of this double blind, randomized phase III trial is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of T89 in preventing Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) and relieving the symptoms of AMS after rapid ascent.

Official Title

A Multicenter, Double-blind, Randomized and Placebo-controlled Pivotal Phase 3 Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of T89 in the Prevention and Treatment of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) After Rapid Ascent


Acute mountain sickness (AMS) is a common ailment in people venturing over 2,500 meters altitude. It is a pathological effect of high altitude on humans, caused by acute exposure to low partial pressure of oxygen at high altitude. It presents with a cluster of nonspecific symptoms including headache and one of the following: gastrointestinal symptoms, fatigue and/or weakness, dizziness/ lightheadedness or difficulty sleeping.

T89 capsule is a modernized industrialized version of a traditional Chinese herbal medicine. It is a botanical drug product for oral use. Previous clinical studies showed T89 has substantial benefits in the prevention or amelioration of symptoms associated with acute mountain sickness (AMS).This is double-blind, randomized, placebo controlled pivotal phase 3 study. After informed consent is obtained, eligible subjects will be randomized to one of the 3 study groups (T89 high dose, T89 low dose and placebo control). The study drug will be given orally for 5 days (2 days at sea level and 3 days at high altitude). The clinical assessment of Lake Louise Scoring System (LLSS), blood oxygen saturation, the exercise tolerance, blood pressure and heart rate will be performed at sea level and altitude. A total of 846 subjects will be enrolled with 282 subjects in each treatment arm, and a minimum of 756 subjects are expected to complete the study.


Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS), Acute Mountain Sickness, Altitude Sickness, T89 capsule


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18-55

  1. Healthy volunteers: ages 18 - 55 years old;
  2. Primary residence elevation of 2,461 ft (750m) or lower;
  3. Not ascending to altitude >10,000 ft within 4 months prior to screening;
  4. Females of childbearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test and established on a method of contraception that in the investigator's opinion is acceptable. Females must agree to remain on their established method of contraception from the time of the screening visit and throughout the study period;
  5. Willing to participate voluntarily and sign a written informed consent.

You CAN'T join if...

  1. Subjects with medical history of cardiovascular, cerebrovascular diseases or asthma; uncontrolled hypertension with SBP>140 and or DBP>90 mmHg;
  2. Subjects with current and clinically significant respiratory system disease, digestive disease, liver disease, central nervous system disease, psychiatric disease, metabolic disease, renal disease, acute infection or anemia, or who test positive for COVID-19 (COVID testing will be performed, not per study requirement, but in compliance with local law or policy, and subject with known positive for COVID-19 will be excluded).
  3. Total LLSS score (LLSS score) is ≥2 at any check point during screening period;
  4. Blood oxygen saturation (SpO2), preferably tested on the left-hand index finger, is less than 95% at screening visits;
  5. Subjects with abnormal renal or liver function with clinical significance (ALT or AST > 2×ULN, Creatinine > ULN) at screening visit;
  6. Subjects with CRP > ULN at screening visit;
  7. Subjects with primary (migraine, tension-type headache, and cluster headache etc.) or secondary headaches (headache related to infection, vascular disease etc.) within one month at screening;
  8. Surgery or blood donation within 3 months prior to screening;
  9. On treatment of any medications (including any dietary supplements) except for birth control within 14 days prior to screening and throughout the study period;

    10. Smokers who had a habit of smoking during the last 4 months prior to the starting of


    11. Contradictive to treatment of Danshen (Radix Saliva Miltiorrhize Bge., RSM) products; 12. Women who are pregnant or lactating. 13. Substance abuse. Subjects with a recent (within the last 6 months) history of

    substance abuse (alcohol, marijuana, or known drug dependence). Or subjects who have a positive urine substance test at screening;

    14. Participation in any other interventional clinical trial or on an investigational drug

    within 30 days prior to screening;

    15. A family member or relative of the study site staff; 16. Any condition that, in the opinion of the investigator, is likely to prevent

    compliance with the study protocol, interfere with the assessment, or pose a safety concern if the subject participates in the study at screening.


  • Hypoxia Research Lab, UCSF Parnassus Campus, S-256 accepting new patients
    San Francisco California 94143 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSF

  • Jeffrey W Sall, PhD, MD
    Professor, Anesthesia, School of Medicine. Authored (or co-authored) 38 research publications


accepting new patients
Start Date
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Tasly Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Phase 3 Acute Mountain Sickness Research Study
Study Type
Expecting 846 study participants
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