for people ages 1-17 (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California and other locations
study started
completion around



The primary objectives of the study are to evaluate the safety and tolerability, and pharmacokinetics (PK) of sotatercept over 24 weeks of treatment in children ≥1 to <18 years of age with PAH World Health Organization (WHO) Group 1 on standard of care (SoC). There is no formal hypothesis.

Official Title

A Phase 2 Open-label Study to Evaluate the Safety, Tolerability, Pharmacokinetics, and Pharmacodynamics of Sotatercept (MK-7962) in Children From 1 to Less Than 18 Years of Age With PAH on Standard of Care


Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, Familial Primary Pulmonary Hypertension, Hypertension, Sotatercept


You can join if…

Open to people ages 1-17

  • Documented, historic diagnostic right heart catheterization (RHC) any time before Screening confirming the diagnosis of PAH WHO Group 1 in any of the following subtypes:
  • Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension (IPAH)
  • Heritable PAH
  • Drug/toxin-induced PAH
  • PAH associated with connective tissue disease
  • PAH-congenital heart disease (CHD) with shunt closure >6 months before Screening and subsequently confirmed by RHC before Screening
  • PAH with coincidental shunt.
  • Must be on a stable dose(s) of background PAH therapy (phosphdiesterase-5 (PDE5) inhibitors, endothelin receptor antagonists (ERAs), soluble guanylate cyclase stimulators (sGCS), or prostanoids [including subcutaneous and intravenous])
  • If male, agree to the following during the intervention period and for at least 16 weeks (112 days) after the last dose of study intervention:
  • Abstains from heterosexual intercourse as their preferred and usual lifestyle (abstinent on a long-term and persistent basis) and agrees to remain abstinent or
  • Uses contraception unless confirmed to be azoospermic (vasectomized or secondary to medical cause, documented from the site personnel's review of the participant's medical records, medical examination, or medical history interview) as detailed below:
  • Uses a male condom plus partner use of an additional contraceptive method when having penile-vaginal intercourse with a woman of childbearing potential (WOCBP) who is not currently pregnant Note: Men with a pregnant or breastfeeding partner must agree to remain abstinent from penile-vaginal intercourse or use a male condom during each episode of penile-vaginal penetration.
  • If female, must be either not a WOCBP or use a contraceptive method that is highly effective or be abstinent from heterosexual intercourse during the intervention period and for at least 16 weeks (112 days) after the last dose of study intervention
  • If male, agrees to refrain from donating blood or sperm for the duration of the study and for 16 weeks (112 days) after the last dose of study intervention
  • If female, agrees to refrain from donating blood, eggs, or ovum for the duration of the study and for at least 16 weeks (112 days) after the last dose of study intervention

You CAN'T join if...

  • History of left-sided heart disease, including valvular disease (eg, moderate or greater mitral or aortic regurgitation or stenosis), left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, and/or left heart failure (eg, restrictive or dilated cardiomyopathy)
  • Severe (as based on the opinion of the investigator) congenital or developmental abnormalities of the lung, thorax, and/or diaphragm
  • History of Eisenmenger syndrome, Potts shunt, or atrial septostomy
  • Unrepaired or residual cardiac shunt
  • Diagnosis of pulmonary veno-occlusive diseases, pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis, or overt signs of capillary and/or venous involvement
  • PAH associated with portal hypertension
  • Known visceral (lung, liver, or brain) arteriovenous malformation(s)
  • History of full or partial pneumonectomy
  • Untreated more than mild obstructive sleep apnea
  • History of known pericardial constriction
  • Family history of sudden cardiac death or long QT syndrome
  • Any current or prior history of symptomatic coronary disease (myocardial infarction, percutaneous coronary intervention, coronary artery bypass graft surgery, or cardiac anginal chest pain) within 6 months before Screening
  • Cerebrovascular accident within 3 months before Screening
  • Prior exposure to sotatercept or luspatercept or has had an allergic reaction to any of their excipients


  • UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital San Francisco ( Site 1611) accepting new patients
    San Francisco California 94158 United States
  • Stanford University School of Medicine ( Site 1603) accepting new patients
    Palo Alto California 94304 United States


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Merck Sharp & Dohme LLC
Merck Clinical Trials Information Plain Language Summary
Phase 2 research study
Study Type
Expecting 42 study participants
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