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Study to Assess Efficacy of Tacrolimus + Methotrexate Versus Placebo + Methotrexate in Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis

This study has been completed.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First Posted: May 9, 2002
Last Update Posted: March 27, 2012
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Astellas Pharma US, Inc.
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Astellas Pharma Inc
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of the combination of tacrolimus + methotrexate compared to methotrexate alone in the treatment of the signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis over 6 months in patients with partial response to methotrexate.

Condition Intervention Phase
Rheumatoid Arthritis Drug: Tacrolimus (Prograf®) Drug: Methotrexate Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized, Double-Blind Study to Assess the Efficacy of Tacrolimus (Prograf®)+ Methotrexate Vs. Placebo + Methotrexate in the Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis in Patients With Partial Response to Methotrexate

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Estimated Enrollment: 210
Study Start Date: March 2002
Study Completion Date: January 2004
Detailed Description:
This is a Phase III, 6 month randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled multi-center study with a 6 month open-label extension. Patients will be randomized to the tacrolimus + methotrexate arm or the placebo + methotrexate arm in a ratio of 2:1. Patients who complete the 6-month double-blind phase will be eligible to enroll in the open-label phase of the study.

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria

  • Willing to discontinue DMARDs, other than methotrexate
  • Has a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis using American College of Rheumatology Criteria, of at least 6 months duration
  • Have been receiving oral or parenteral methotrexate for at least 3 months

Exclusion Criteria

  • Has received tacrolimus for any indication
  • Has moderate or severe liver disease
  • Has a known history of HIV infection
  • Has serum creatinine outside the normal range
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00036153

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Astellas Pharma Inc
Astellas Pharma US, Inc.
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Additional Information:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00036153     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 01-0-103
First Submitted: May 8, 2002
First Posted: May 9, 2002
Last Update Posted: March 27, 2012
Last Verified: December 2011

Keywords provided by Astellas Pharma Inc:
Tacrolimus, Prograf®, FK506

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Abortifacient Agents, Nonsteroidal
Abortifacient Agents
Reproductive Control Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Dermatologic Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Folic Acid Antagonists
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Antirheumatic Agents
Nucleic Acid Synthesis Inhibitors
Calcineurin Inhibitors