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Transitioning From Cyclosporine to Alefacept in Psoriasis

This study has been completed.
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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Identifier:
First received: August 31, 2005
Last updated: December 31, 2008
Last verified: December 2008
The purpose of this study is to devise a safe and effective method for transitioning patients from cyclosporine to alefacept.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: Transitioning patients from cyclosporine to alefacept
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Investigator-Initiated, Use Study of Alefacept (Amevive) in Combination With Tapering Doses of Cyclosporine in Patients With Moderate to Severe Psoriasis

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Further study details as provided by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Static physicians global assessment (PGA) and quality of life as measured by DLQI

Estimated Enrollment: 13
Study Start Date: October 2003
Estimated Study Completion Date: May 2007
Detailed Description:
The purpose of this study is to devise a safe and effective method for transitioning patients from cyclosporine to alefacept. Patients in the study are well controlled on cyclosporine and desire to switch to alefacept. The study is done in three phases. In Phase 1 (12 week duration) the two drugs will be overlapped, with cyclosporine slowly tapering. Both drugs will be discontinued after 12 weeks. In Phase 2 (12 weeks duration), patients are off both drugs. In Phase 3 (24 weeks long), patients are on a second course of alefacept alone for 12 weeks and then off for 12 weeks. Topical and UV light treatments are allowed throughout the study. Total length of study is one year.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 80 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria

  • Adult psoriasis patients (18 to 80 years old), who are well controlled on cyclosporine (Static PGA score of mild, minimal or clear) and who need or desire to stop cyclosporine and start alefacept.

Exclusion Criteria

  • CD4 <400
  • Active infection (other than trivial URI, etc.)
  • History of AIDS or Hepatitis B, C
  • Inability to understand consent or comply with study requirements
  • Pregnancy or Lactation
  • History of heart or liver disease
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00143806

United States, New Jersey
UMDNJ Clinical Research Center
New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States, 08903
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Principal Investigator: Alice Gottlieb, MD, PhD Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  More Information Identifier: NCT00143806     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 4513
Study First Received: August 31, 2005
Last Updated: December 31, 2008

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Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Skin Diseases, Papulosquamous
Skin Diseases
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antifungal Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Dermatologic Agents
Antirheumatic Agents
Calcineurin Inhibitors processed this record on May 25, 2017