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A Study of the Safety and Effectiveness of Infliximab (Remicade) in Patients With Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

This study has been completed.
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Centocor, Inc. Identifier:
First received: May 9, 2002
Last updated: May 16, 2011
Last verified: April 2010
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of infliximab (Remicade) in patients with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA).

Condition Intervention Phase
Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile
Drug: Infliximab
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized, Double-Blind Trial of Anti-TNF Chimeric Monoclonal Antibody (Infliximab) in Combination With Methotrexate for the Treatment of Patients With Polyarticular Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Further study details as provided by Centocor, Inc.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The proportion of patients with improvements in the Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis core set criteria at Week 14 in the placebo group with that in the 3 mg/kg infliximab plus concomitant methotrexate therapy group.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To evaluate pharmacokinetics (rate of movement in the body and then the clearance)of infliximab over a maximum time period of 52 wks; to evaluate the safety profile of infliximab in patients with JRA

Enrollment: 123
Study Start Date: October 2001
Study Completion Date: December 2006
Detailed Description:
The purpose of this study is to determine if infliximab in combination with methotrexate is safe and effective in the treatment of patients with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. The second purpose of this study is to see how children's bodies react to the combination of study drug and methotrexate. Patients will receive either infliximab at 3 mg/kg for 44 weeks or, placebo for 14 weeks followed by infliximab at 6 mg/kg for 30 weeks. Patients who complete the original study are eligible for additional treatment with 3 to 6 mg/kg of infliximab every 8 weeks for up to three years. Safety evaluations will be performed at specified intervals throughout the study and will consist of laboratory tests, vital signs (such as blood pressure), physical examinations and the occurrence and severity of adverse events as well as other study specific procedures. Patients will receive either infliximab at 3 mg/kg for 44 weeks or, placebo for 14 weeks followed by infliximab at 6 mg/kg for 30 weeks. Patients who complete the original study are eligible for additional treatment with 3 to 6 mg/kg of infliximab every 8 weeks for up to three years

Ages Eligible for Study:   4 Years to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients must have a diagnosis of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA) with polyarticular JRA for at least 6 months, systemic JRA with a polyarticular course and no systemic symptoms (including fever, rash,hepatosplenomegaly, and serositis) for 1 year prior to study entry, or pauciarticular JRA with a polyarticular course for at least 6 months prior to study entry. The patient should have had at least 6 months of persistent synovitis before screening.
  • The patient must have at least 5 joints with active arthritis (ie, presence of swelling, or if no swelling is present, limitation of motion accompanied by pain, tenderness, or both) at the time of enrollment, with at least 3 of these active joints having limitation of motion accompanied by pain, tenderness, or both
  • The patient must be at least 4 years of age, but less than 18 years (ie, after the 4th but before the 18th birthday), with onset of disease before age 16.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patient must not be pregnant, nursing, or planning a pregnancy within 6 months after the last study infusion
  • Patient must not be incapacitated, largely or wholly bedridden, or confined to a wheelchair, or have little or no ability for age-appropriate self care
  • Patient must not have a rheumatic disease other than JRA or any current systemic inflammatory condition (for example, Lyme disease,fibromyalgia, enthesitis-related arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, infectious or reactive arthritis, Reiter's syndrome, or parvovirus infection)
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00036374

Sponsors and Collaborators
Centocor, Inc.
Study Director: Centocor, Inc. Clinical Trial Centocor, Inc.
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Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number): Identifier: NCT00036374     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CR004774
Study First Received: May 9, 2002
Last Updated: May 16, 2011

Keywords provided by Centocor, Inc.:
Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Arthritis, Juvenile
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
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