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

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Bayer Identifier:
First received: September 13, 2005
Last updated: December 30, 2014
Last verified: December 2014
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 Intervention Phase
Multiple Sclerosis, Relapsing-Remitting Drug: Betaferon/Betaseron Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (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

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Further study details as provided by Bayer:

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

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

Enrollment: 271
Study Start Date: March 2003
Study Completion Date: October 2005
Arms Assigned Interventions
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

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.

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: NCT00206648

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Sponsors and Collaborators
Study Director: Bayer Study Director Bayer
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Additional Information:
Responsible Party: Bayer Identifier: NCT00206648     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 91293
Study First Received: September 13, 2005
Last Updated: December 30, 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 processed this record on July 27, 2017