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Does Quality of Life Improve in Multiple Sclerosis Patients Treated With Interferon Beta-1a? (FLAIR)

This study has been completed.
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Biogen Identifier:
First received: September 21, 2007
Last updated: December 11, 2007
Last verified: December 2007
This study was to find out if patients with Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis treated with Interferon beta-1a had an improved quality of life after treatment with Interferon beta-1a

Condition Intervention Phase
Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis Drug: Interferon beta-1a Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Evaluation of the Correlation Between the MS Functional Composite Index and Two Quality of Life Scales (MS54 and AMS Quality of Life) in Relapsing MS Patients Treated With Interferon Beta-1a (AVONEX®)

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Further study details as provided by Biogen:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the correlation between the MS Functional Composite Index and two Quality of Life scales (MS Quality of Life 54 and AMS Quality of Life) in patients treated with interferon beta-1a (AVONEX®). [ Time Frame: screening, Day -30, Day -1, Months 3, 6, 12, 18, and 24 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Reproducibility of Quality of Life scales per language version [ Time Frame: months 18 and 24 ]
  • Reliability of the Quality of Life scales per language version [ Time Frame: months 18 and 24 ]
  • EDSS score throughout the study [ Time Frame: screening, Day -1, Months 12 and 24 ]

Enrollment: 284
Study Start Date: November 1999
Study Completion Date: February 2004
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
patients received Avonex IM injections and be evaluated for quality of life criteria
Drug: Interferon beta-1a
IM injection

Detailed Description:
The study was an open-label, multi-center, international post-marketing study (phase 4). Eligible patients were interferon naïve patients suffering from relapsing MS. The duration of a subject's participation in the study was up to a maximum 26 months.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis
  • Interferon naïve
  • Eligible for interferon beta-1a (AVONEX®) therapy as per Summary of Product Characteristics:
  • Subject has had relapsing MS for > 1 year
  • Subject has had experienced 2 exacerbations in the last 2 years
  • Subject had an EDSS [5] score of < 5.5
  • Subject was ambulant

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Diagnosis of MS defined as progressive
  • History of any significant cardiac, hepatic, pulmonary, or renal disease; immune deficiency; or other medical conditions that would preclude therapy with interferon beta
  • History of severe allergic or anaphylactic reactions or history of hypersensitivity to human albumin
  • History of seizures within the 3 months prior to starting this study
  • History of intolerance to acetaminophen (paracetamol), ibuprofen, naproxen or other NSAIDs, that would preclude use of at least one of these during the study
  • History of intolerance to interferons
  • Previous use of interferon beta
  • Female subjects who were pregnant or breast-feeding
  • For female subjects, unless postmenopausal or surgically sterile, unwillingness to practice effective contraception
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00534261

Coordinating Research Site
Sijsele-Damme, Belgium, 8340
Coordinating Research Site
Esch-Sur-Alzette, Luxembourg, 4011
United Kingdom
Coordinating Research Site
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Sponsors and Collaborators
Principal Investigator: Biogen-Idec Investigator
  More Information Identifier: NCT00534261     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: BIO-BNL 99-01
Study First Received: September 21, 2007
Last Updated: December 11, 2007

Keywords provided by Biogen:
Multiple Sclerosis
Interferon beta-1a

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-1a
Antineoplastic Agents
Antiviral Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Adjuvants, Immunologic processed this record on August 23, 2017