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A Study to Evaluate the Safety of Rituximab Retreatment in Subjects With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (VOYAGER)

This study has been terminated.
(During a safety review of studies U2970g and U2971g, the Data Monitoring Committee recommended that enrollment in this extension trial be terminated.)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Genentech, Inc. Identifier:
First received: September 26, 2006
Last updated: March 24, 2015
Last verified: March 2015
This is a Phase II/III open label, single-arm, multicenter, extension study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of rituximab when administered on a scheduled basis every 6 months over the course of 1 year with reassessment of response at 12 months. This study is open to participants previously enrolled in Genentech Study U2971g only.

Condition Intervention Phase
Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic
Drug: Rituximab
Drug: Methylprednisolone
Drug: Acetaminophen
Drug: Diphenhydramine
Phase 2
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: An Open-label, Single-arm, Multicenter Phase II/III Extension Study to Evaluate the Safety of Rituximab Re-treatment in Subjects With Moderate to Severe Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Previously Enrolled in Protocol U2971g

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Further study details as provided by Genentech, Inc.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Percentage of Participants With at Least 1 Serious Adverse Event [ Time Frame: Baseline to the end of the study (up to 52 weeks) ]
    A serious adverse event is defined as an adverse event that results in death, is life threatening, requires hospitalization, results in significant disability, results in birth defect, or is considered a significant medical event by the investigator.

Enrollment: 31
Study Start Date: June 2006
Study Completion Date: February 2012
Primary Completion Date: July 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Rituximab 1000 mg
Participants will receive rituximab 1000 mg intravenously twice, 14 days apart at study entry and again 6 months later. Participants will also receive methylprednisolone 100 or 125 mg IV, acetaminophen 1000 mg orally, and diphenhydramine 50 mg orally prior to study drug infusion.
Drug: Rituximab
Rituximab will be supplied as a liquid for intravenous infusion.
Drug: Methylprednisolone Drug: Acetaminophen Drug: Diphenhydramine


Ages Eligible for Study:   16 Years to 75 Years   (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) who participated and satisfactorily completed their Week 52 evaluation in Study U2971g.
  • For partial clinical response (PCR) or nonclinical response (NCR), active disease at screening as defined by one or more domains with a British Isles Lupus Assessment Group (BILAG) A score or 2 or more domains with a BILAG B score.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects who were withdrawn from study U2971g because of protocol non-compliance or for safety issues.
  • Any safety concern potentially attributed to rituximab that in the investigator's opinion would jeopardize subject safety.
  • Subjects who were withdrawn from study U2971g and received rituximab rescue therapy outside of the protocol.
  • Subjects, that in the investigator's opinion, have not demonstrated any clinical improvement by Week 52 in study U2971g and in whom the proposed therapy would represent risk without benefit.
  • Unstable subjects with thrombocytopenia experiencing or at high risk for developing clinically significant bleeding or organ dysfunction requiring therapies such as plasmapheresis or acute blood or platelet transfusions.
  • Pregnant women or nursing (breastfeeding) mothers.
  • History of severe, allergic, or anaphylactic reactions to humanized or murine monoclonal antibodies.
  • Known active infection of any kind (excluding fungal infection of nail beds) or any major episode of infection requiring hospitalization or treatment with intravenous (IV) antibiotics within 8 weeks of screening or oral antibiotics within 2 weeks prior to screening.
  • History of cancer, including solid tumors, hematological malignancies, and carcinoma in situ.
  • Major surgery within 4 weeks prior to screening.
  • Intolerance or contraindication to oral or IV corticosteroids.
  • Positive hepatitis B surface antigen (BsAg) or hepatitis C serology.
  • Receipt of a live vaccine within 28 days prior to treatment.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00381810

Sponsors and Collaborators
Genentech, Inc.
Study Director: Paul Brunetta, M.D. Genentech, Inc.
  More Information

Responsible Party: Genentech, Inc. Identifier: NCT00381810     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: U3389g
Study First Received: September 26, 2006
Results First Received: November 11, 2009
Last Updated: March 24, 2015

Keywords provided by Genentech, Inc.:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic
Connective Tissue Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Methylprednisolone Hemisuccinate
Prednisolone acetate
Methylprednisolone acetate
Prednisolone hemisuccinate
Prednisolone phosphate
Antineoplastic Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antirheumatic Agents
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Autonomic Agents
Gastrointestinal Agents
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