A Study of the Safety and Effectiveness of Infliximab in Patients With Plaque-type Psoriasis
The purpose of the study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of scheduled and as needed treatment of psoriasis with infliximab. Infliximab (Remicade) targets specific proteins in the body's immune system to help control the development of inflammation to help reduce painful disease.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||A Phase III, Multicenter, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial Evaluating the Efficacy and Safety of Infliximab Induction Therapy Followed by Multiple Regimens of Maintenance InfliximabTherapy in Patients With Plaque-Type Psoriasis|
- Proportion of patients who achieve greater or equal to 75% improvement in Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) from baseline at week 10.
- Improvement from baseline in Psoriasis Area and Severity Index response between weeks 16 and 30. Change in Dermatology Life Quality Index from baseline at week 10. Patients with a Physician's Global Assessment score of clear or excellent at week 10.
|Study Start Date:||January 2003|
|Study Completion Date:||July 2005|
This is a phase III, multicenter, randomized (patients are assigned different treatments based on chance), double-blind (neither the patient nor the physician knows whether drug or placebo is being taken, or at what dosage), placebo-controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness and safety of scheduled and as needed treatment with infliximab in patients with plaque-type psoriasis. This study will also help determine the way to use infliximab in treating patients with psoriasis.
Safety evaluations will be performed at specified intervals throughout the study and will consist of laboratory tests, vital signs (such as blood pressure), physical examinations and the occurrence and severity of adverse events as well as other study specific procedures.
Patients will receive infusions of either placebo, 3mg/kg or 5 mg/kg infliximab (Remicade) at weeks 0, 2, 6 14, 18, 22, 26, 30, 34, 38, 42 and 46. Patients receive either 3mg/kg, 5 mg/kg or placebo infusions at week 0, 2, and 6. The 3mg/kg and 5 mg/kg infliximab groups then receive either every 8 week infusions or infusions as needed when their psoriasis is less than 75% improved from baseline. The placebo patients begin infliximab at week 16, 18 and 22 followed by every 8 week infusions.