An Efficacy and Safety Comparison Study of Two Marketed Drugs in Patients With Relapsing-remitting MS (ABOVE)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00206648
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : September 21, 2005
Last Update Posted : December 31, 2014
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Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to determine the difference in preventing a relapse between Betaseron and Avonex. Patients with RRMS currently treated with Avonex will be randomized into 2 equal-size arms; one arm will continue on the standard dose of Avonex; one arm will be converted to Betaseron standard dose.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Multiple Sclerosis, Relapsing-Remitting Drug: Betaferon/Betaseron Phase 4

Detailed Description:
This study has previously been posted by Berlex, Inc. Berlex, Inc. has been renamed to Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, Inc.Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals, the sponsor of the trial.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 271 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized, Rater-blinded, Multicenter, Parallel-group Study Comparing the Efficacy and Safety of Betaseron 250 µg Subcutaneously Every Other Day With Avonex 30 µg Intramuscularly Once Per Week in Relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis Patients Previously Treated With Avonex
Study Start Date : March 2003
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2005

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Arm 1 Drug: Betaferon/Betaseron
Betaseron 250 µg SC every other day

Active Comparator: Arm 2 Drug: Betaferon/Betaseron
Avonex 30 µg IM once per week

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Time to onset of first relapse [ Time Frame: Time to onset of first relapse ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Number of patients relapse free at week 104 [ Time Frame: At week 104 ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 60 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • RRMS patients that are receiving treatment with Avonex 30 µg once weekly

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Primary Progressive or Secondary Progressive MS

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00206648

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Study Director: Bayer Study Director Bayer

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Bayer Identifier: NCT00206648     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 91293
First Posted: September 21, 2005    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 31, 2014
Last Verified: December 2014

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple Sclerosis, Relapsing-Remitting
Pathologic Processes
Demyelinating Autoimmune Diseases, CNS
Autoimmune Diseases of the Nervous System
Nervous System Diseases
Demyelinating Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Interferon beta-1b
Adjuvants, Immunologic
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs