Etanercept Plus UVB-311nm Phototherapy in Psoriasis

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Peter Wolf, MD, Medical University of Graz Identifier:
First received: October 24, 2007
Last updated: March 15, 2012
Last verified: March 2012

Etanercept, a biological antipsoriatic drug with anti-tumor-necrosis factor (TNF) activity has been approved for the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis. However, in a substantial portion of cases etanercept does not induce reduction in psoriasis area and severity index (PASI) of 75% or greater, now being considered as gold standard for treatment efficacy. In this study the researchers aim to determine in a randomized half-side comparison, whether additional narrowband UVB-311nm phototherapy accelerates and improves the therapeutic efficacy of etanercept.

Condition Intervention
Radiation: UVB-311nm radiation
Other: No treatment

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Prospective, Randomized Half-side Study on the Efficacy of UVB-311nm Phototherapy in Patients With Psoriasis Undergoing Etanercept Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Medical University of Graz:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Reduction of PASI (psoriasis activity score index) [ Time Frame: prospective ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Patient disease and life quality score [ Time Frame: prospective ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 6
Study Start Date: August 2006
Study Completion Date: December 2010
Primary Completion Date: December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: left/right
half-body comparison
Radiation: UVB-311nm radiation
UVB-311nm radiation randomized to one body half given 3 times a week for 6 weeks; the other body half remains UV-non-irradiated.
Other Name: Narrow band UVB radiation
Other: No treatment
no UV exposure

Detailed Description:

Patients with moderate to severe psoriasis who have received a standard dose of etanercept (50 mg or 25 mg s.c. twice weekly) for at least 6 weeks without a PASI reduction of 75% or greater qualify for the study. Etanercept is continued and UVB-311nm phototherapy is added at 6 weeks or thereafter on a randomized body half (left or right; head exempt) 3 x per week until complete response (defined as reduction in PASI to < 3) for a maximum of another 6 weeks (until week 12). PASI score and patient disease score is assessed weekly; patient life quality score at week 0, 6, and 12; all scores at follow-up visits at month 3, 6, and 12. Paired statistical testing (T-test or Wilcoxon) for differences in PASI and patient disease and life quality scores is done; Fischer exact test is applied to determine differences in complete remission, PASI reduction > 90%, > 75%, and/or 50% between body sites.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients with moderate to severe psoriasis who have received a standard dose of etanercept (50 mg or 25 mg s.c. twice weekly) for at least 6 weeks without a PASI reduction of 75% or greater

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnancy or lactation
  • Presence of or history of malignant skin tumors
  • Dysplastic melanocytic nevus syndrome
  • Antinuclear antibodies (ds-DNA, Ro/SSA, La/SSB)
  • Autoimmune disorders such as Lupus erythematosus or Dermatomyositis
  • Photosensitive diseases such as porphyria, chronic actinic dermatitis, Xeroderma pigmentosum, basal cell nevus syndrome, and others
  • General poor health status
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00550030

Medical University of Graz, Department of Dermatology
Graz, Austria, A-8036
Sponsors and Collaborators
Medical University of Graz
Principal Investigator: Peter Wolf, MD Dept. of Dermatology, Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Peter Wolf, MD, Professor of Bioimmunotherapy, Medical University of Graz Identifier: NCT00550030     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 17-257 ex 05/06
Study First Received: October 24, 2007
Last Updated: March 15, 2012
Health Authority: Austria: Federal Ministry for Health and Women

Keywords provided by Medical University of Graz:
UVB radiation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Skin Diseases, Papulosquamous
Skin Diseases
TNFR-Fc fusion protein
Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Pharmacologic Actions
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Therapeutic Uses
Antirheumatic Agents
Gastrointestinal Agents
Immunologic Factors
Immunosuppressive Agents
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