Avonex (Interferon-beta-1a) and Avonex Plus Methylprednisolone for the Treatment of Relapsing-remitting MS

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by:
Biogen Idec
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00168766
First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: September 12, 2013
Last verified: April 2011
  Purpose

The primary objective of this study is to determine whether combination treatment (adding methylprednisolone to Avonex) reduces progression of disability over 4 years compared to Avonex alone. The study will also investigate whether combination therapy has any impact on the incidence of relapse and brain atrophy as measured by MRI.


Condition Intervention Phase
Relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis
Drug: Interferon-beta-1a (Avonex) plus methylprednisolone
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Multicentre, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Parallel Group Trial Investigating Methylprednisolone in Combination With Interferon-beta-1a for the Treatment of Patients With Relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis

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Further study details as provided by Biogen Idec:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To estimate the effect interferon-beta-1a in combination with methylprednisolone vs interferon-beta-1a in combination with placebo on the time to onset of disability progression sustained over at least 6 months based on change from randomization in EDSS [ Time Frame: 4 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 345
Study Start Date: January 2003
Study Completion Date: November 2008
Primary Completion Date: November 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
interferon-beta-1a in combination with methylprednisolone
Drug: Interferon-beta-1a (Avonex) plus methylprednisolone
oral administration given on 3 consecutive days, monthly as described in protocol.
Other Name: Avonex
Placebo Comparator: 2
interferon-beta-1a in combination with placebo
Drug: Interferon-beta-1a (Avonex) plus methylprednisolone
oral administration given on 3 consecutive days, monthly as described in protocol.
Other Name: Avonex

Detailed Description:

Approximately 340 therapy-naïve MS patients with relapsing-remitting form of the disease will be randomized to receive Avonex alone or Avonex plus methylprednisolone (MP). Patients will receive MP as 500 mg po for 3 days every month or matching placebo. The patients are followed on a 3-monthly basis for 4 years with disability as the primary parameter of efficacy over that time.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 55 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Informed consent
  • Relapsing remitting MS according to Poser criteria or McDonell criteria and naïve to therapy
  • Disability EDSS score of 4.0 or less at baseline
  • Clinical activity as defined by at least one relapse in the last year

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Relapse in the month prior to enrolment
  • Treatment with immunosuppressive drugs for MS
  • History of major depression
  • Former severe reactions to corticosteroids
  • Pregnant women
  • Diabetes mellitus, and drug or alcohol dependency
  • Known or suspected allergy to trial products
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00168766

Locations
Belgium
CUB Hôpital Erasme
Bruxelles, Belgium
Denmark
Coordinating Research Site
Copenhagen, Denmark
Rigshospitalet
Skleroseklinikken, Denmark
Finland
Tampereen yliopistollinen sairaala - Neurologian klinikka
Tampere, Finland
Netherlands
Stichting MS Centrum
Nijemegen, Netherlands
Norway
Ullevål Universitetssykehus
Oslo, Norway
Sweden
Neurologkliniken
Stockholm, Sweden
Switzerland
Kantonspital
St. Gallen, Switzerland
United Kingdom
Queens Medical Centre - Division of Neurology
Nottingham, United Kingdom, Ng72uh
Sponsors and Collaborators
Biogen Idec
  More Information

No publications provided by Biogen Idec

Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Biogen Idec MD, Nordic Medical Director, Biogen Idec International
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00168766     History of Changes
Obsolete Identifiers: NCT00492180
Other Study ID Numbers: NOR-03-01, Mecombin
Study First Received: September 13, 2005
Last Updated: September 12, 2013
Health Authority: Denmark: Danish Medicines Agency

Keywords provided by Biogen Idec:
Combination therapy for multiple sclerosis

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Multiple Sclerosis
Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis, Relapsing-Remitting
Demyelinating Autoimmune Diseases, CNS
Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System
Nervous System Diseases
Demyelinating Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Interferon-beta
Interferons
Interferon beta 1a
Methylprednisolone Hemisuccinate
Prednisolone
Methylprednisolone acetate
Prednisolone acetate
Methylprednisolone
Prednisolone hemisuccinate
Prednisolone phosphate
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Therapeutic Uses
Pharmacologic Actions
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antineoplastic Agents
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Antiemetics
Autonomic Agents

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