Phase III Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study of Copolymer 1 for Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

This study has been completed.
University of Maryland
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Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) Identifier:
First received: February 24, 2000
Last updated: June 23, 2005
Last verified: January 1997


I. Compare tolerance to and therapeutic impact of copolymer 1, a mixture of synthetic polypeptides, with placebo in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis.

Condition Intervention Phase
Multiple Sclerosis
Drug: copolymer 1
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Treatment

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Further study details as provided by Office of Rare Diseases (ORD):

Estimated Enrollment: 250
Study Start Date: October 1991
Detailed Description:

PROTOCOL OUTLINE: This is a randomized, double-blind study. Patients are stratified by participating institution.

One group receives copolymer 1, a mixture of synthetic polypeptides composed of 4 amino acids, subcutaneously each day for 2 years.

The other group receives an injection of placebo daily for 2 years.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 45 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


--Disease Characteristics--

  • Clinically or laboratory-supported definite multiple sclerosis
  • Neurologically stable for at least 30 days prior to entry Expanded Disability Status Scale score no greater than 5
  • At least 2 documented relapses within 2 years prior to entry Onset of first relapse at least 1 year prior to randomization

--Prior/Concurrent Therapy--

  • Biologic therapy: No prior copolymer 1
  • Immunosuppressive therapy: No prior cytotoxic immunosuppressives, i.e.: Azathioprine Cyclophosphamide Cyclosporine At least 30 days since corticosteroids
  • Radiotherapy: No prior lymphoid irradiation

--Patient Characteristics--

  • Not HIV or HTLV-I seropositive No insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus No Lyme disease No requirement for aspirin or chronic nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs No pregnant or nursing women Adequate contraception required of fertile women
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00004814

Sponsors and Collaborators
National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)
University of Maryland
Study Chair: Kenneth P. Johnson University of Maryland
  More Information Identifier: NCT00004814     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 199/12023  UMB-55901 
Study First Received: February 24, 2000
Last Updated: June 23, 2005
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Office of Rare Diseases (ORD):
multiple sclerosis
neurologic and psychiatric disorders
rare disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis, Relapsing-Remitting
Autoimmune Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System
Demyelinating Autoimmune Diseases, CNS
Demyelinating Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Glatiramer Acetate
Adjuvants, Immunologic
Antirheumatic Agents
Immunologic Factors
Immunosuppressive Agents
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