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Rosuvastatin in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RORA) (RORA)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Dundee Identifier:
First received: May 15, 2008
Last updated: January 7, 2016
Last verified: January 2016
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are at increased risk of having cardiovascular deaths. Our study is aimed at looking at the effects of proven cholesterol lowering treatment drug called rosuvastatin in rheumatoid arthritis patients on few cardiovascular markers. Endothelial behaviour improved on treatment.

Condition Intervention Phase
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Drug: rosuvastatin
Drug: placebo
Phase 2
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Phase 2: Effects of Rosuvastatin on Surrogate Markers for Cardiovascular Events in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis

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Further study details as provided by University of Dundee:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • measurement of intima media thickness [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • blood cardiovascular surrogate markers, lipid profiles and oxidises LDL [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • liver function tests, creatinine kinase [ Time Frame: 3 and 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: February 2004
Study Completion Date: January 2008
Primary Completion Date: January 2008 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: A
Drug: rosuvastatin
tablet 10 mgs once daily
Other Name: crestor
Placebo Comparator: B
Drug: placebo


Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients will be selected from a high risk population of hospital clinic attendees, defined as RA greater than 5 years' disease duration, and all will be RA latex seropositive or IgM RF ELISA >14iu/ml. The subjects will be of either sex and >40 years of age.
  • Patients should have both tender and swollen joint counts >4 each and either a CRP >10mg/l, ESR >25mm/h or PV >1.78.
  • Patients on cyclosporine or other medications known to be contraindicated with this form of drug will not be enrolled.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • The patient's hospital and general practice records will be scrutinised for evidence of symptomatic vascular disease.
  • Any patient not free from vascular disease symptoms will be excluded.
  • In addition to evidence of symptomatic vascular disease (either previous or current), the exclusion criteria consist also of those already taking lipid-lowering therapy or those with contraindications to these therapies.
  • Also excluded will be subjects with a total cholesterol level of >7.5mmol/L as it might be argued that such patients merit primary prevention on the basis of dyslipidemia alone.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00679510

United Kingdom
University of Dundee
Dundee, United Kingdom
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Dundee
Study Chair: Jill Belch, MD FRCP University of Dundee
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Dundee Identifier: NCT00679510     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 21726/0204/001-0001  2004-001909-10 
Study First Received: May 15, 2008
Last Updated: January 7, 2016
Health Authority: United Kingdom: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
Individual Participant Data  
Plan to Share IPD: Yes

Keywords provided by University of Dundee:
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Intima media thickness

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Rosuvastatin Calcium
Hydroxymethylglutaryl-CoA Reductase Inhibitors
Anticholesteremic Agents
Hypolipidemic Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Enzyme Inhibitors
Lipid Regulating Agents processed this record on October 21, 2016