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

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Centocor, Inc. Identifier:
First received: May 9, 2002
Last updated: May 18, 2011
Last verified: May 2010
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Infliximab (Remicade) in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Infliximab (Remicade) targets specific proteins in the body's immune system to help control the development of inflammation to help reduce the pain of rheumatoid arthritis.

Condition Intervention Phase
Arthritis, Rheumatoid 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 the Safety of Anti-TNF Chimeric Monoclonal Antibody (Infliximab) in Combination With Methotrexate Compared to Methotrexate Alone in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis on Standard Disease-modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drug Background Therapy.

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Further study details as provided by Centocor, Inc.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The proportion of patients with serious infections occurring over the first 22 weeks of the trial

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • The proportion of patients with infections & atypical/opportunistic infections. The duration of most frequently reported infections. Proportion of patients achieving ACR 20 criteria at 22 weeks. Effect of 1.5 mg/kg dose increment in reducing disease

Enrollment: 347
Study Completion Date: November 2003
Detailed Description:

This is a randomized (patients are assigned different treatments based on chance), double-blind (neither the patient nor the physician knows whether drug or placebo is being taken, or at what dosage) trial of the safety of anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF) chimeric monoclonal antibody (Infliximab) in combination with methotrexate (MTX) compared to methotrexate alone in patients with rheumatoid arthritis on standard disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug background therapy. The purpose of the study is to better understand the safety and occurrence of infections in patients treated with either placebo or 3 mg/kg and 10 mg/kg of infliximab in combination with methotrexate (MTX).

Patients will receive infusions of either placebo or 3 to 10mg/kg Infliximab at weeks 0, 2, 6, and 14 then every 8 weeks through week 46.

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 3 to10mg/kg Infliximab (Remicade) or placebo via infusion at weeks 0, 2, 6, and 14 then every 8 weeks through week 46.


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients must have a diagnosis of Rheumatoid Arthritis at least 3 months before screening
  • If the patient is of childbearing potential, must have been using adequate birth control measures
  • Patients must be receiving MTX for =3 months before randomization and at a stable dose(=25 mg/week) for =4 weeks before randomization

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Patients must not be pregnant, nursing, or planning a pregnancy within 18 months of enrollment
  • Patients must not have rheumatic disease other than Rheumatoid Arthritis or had any systemic inflammatory condition
  • Patients must not be confined to a wheelchair
  • Patients must not be treated with any approved or investigational biologic agent except for approved vaccines for immunizations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00036387

Sponsors and Collaborators
Centocor, Inc.
Study Director: Centocor, Inc. Clinical Trial Centocor, Inc.
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Additional Information:
Publications: Identifier: NCT00036387     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CR003133
Study First Received: May 9, 2002
Last Updated: May 18, 2011

Keywords provided by Centocor, Inc.:
Rheumatoid arthritis
safety and efficacy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Antirheumatic Agents
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
Nucleic Acid Synthesis Inhibitors
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