A Study of Re-Treatment With MabThera (Rituximab) in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis Who Have Had an Inadequate Response to a Single Anti-TNF Inhibitor.

This study has been completed.
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Hoffmann-La Roche
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First received: July 17, 2007
Last updated: October 7, 2013
Last verified: October 2013

This single arm study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of repeated courses of MabThera in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis who have participated in ML19070, and have completed the week 24 visit. Eligible patients (DAS28 >2.6 after week 24), will receive 2 infusions of 1g MabThera (Day 1 and day 15). For all patients in this extension study, up to 3 repeated courses of treatment are allowed. The anticipated time on study treatment is 1-2 years, and the target sample size is 100-500 individuals.

Condition Intervention Phase
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Drug: rituximab [MabThera/Rituxan]
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: An Open Label Study to Evaluate the Safety of Re-treatment With MabThera, and Its Effect on Treatment Response, in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis Following Inadequate Response to a Single Anti-TNF Agent (Extension Study to ML19070).

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Further study details as provided by Hoffmann-La Roche:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change of DAS 28 [ Time Frame: Week 24 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • ACR 20/50/70, HAQ, SF-36, FACIT-F, TJC, SJC, CRP, BSG, RF. [ Time Frame: Week 24 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • AEs [ Time Frame: Throughout study ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 194
Study Start Date: July 2007
Study Completion Date: September 2011
Primary Completion Date: September 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1 Drug: rituximab [MabThera/Rituxan]
1g iv on days 1 and 15


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • adult patients with rheumatoid arthritis who participated in ML19070, and have completed the week 24 visit;
  • eligible for re-treatment (DAS28 >2.6 after week 24, swollen joint count >=4, tender joint count >=4).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • patients who have withdrawn from treatment in ML19070 pre-week 16;
  • patients with a previous response in DAS28 <0.6 to MabThera after week 16;
  • concurrent treatment with any DMARD except for methotrexate, any TNF alpha inhibitor, or other biologic or investigational agent.
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Sponsors and Collaborators
Hoffmann-La Roche
Study Director: Clinical Trials Hoffmann-La Roche
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Responsible Party: Hoffmann-La Roche
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00502840     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ML19071
Study First Received: July 17, 2007
Last Updated: October 7, 2013
Health Authority: Germany: Paul-Ehrlich-Institut

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents
Therapeutic Uses
Pharmacologic Actions
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antirheumatic Agents

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