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Apremilast in the Treatment of Uveitis

This study has been terminated.
(Investigator discretion due to lack of efficacy in three subjects enrolled)
Celgene Corporation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Eric B. Suhler, Oregon Health and Science University Identifier:
First received: April 24, 2009
Last updated: June 6, 2014
Last verified: June 2014
The purpose of this study is to assess the safety and efficacy of Apremilast in the treatment of uveitis.

Condition Intervention Phase
Uveitis Drug: Apremilast Phase 1 Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: An Open-label Trial to Assess the Efficacy and Safety of Apremilast in the Management of Vision-threatening Uveitis That is Refractory to Other Modes of Systemic Immunosuppression.

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Further study details as provided by Eric B. Suhler, Oregon Health and Science University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Improvement by 2 or More Lines of Best-corrected Snellen Visual Acuity in at Least One Eye [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Reduction in Dose of Systemic Corticosteroid or Other Immunosuppressive Therapy by at Least 50% [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Control of Ocular Inflammation, as Judged on Clinical Criteria, According to Standard Methods (Reduction of Anterior Chamber Cellular Activity and/or Chorioretinal Infiltrates and/or Retinal Vasculitis) [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Reduction in Cystoid Macular Edema [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Type, Frequency, Severity, and Relationship of Adverse Events to Study Treatment [ Time Frame: 7 months ]

Enrollment: 3
Study Start Date: November 2009
Study Completion Date: June 2011
Primary Completion Date: June 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Treatment
Patients receiving apremilast.
Drug: Apremilast
oral dose of 30 mg BID for 6 months


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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • patients with vision-threatening autoimmune uveitis
  • failure to respond to prednisone and at least one other systemic immunosuppressive, or intolerance to such medications due to side effects

Exclusion Criteria:

  • serious concomitant illness that could interfere with the subject's participation
  • previous or current use of an alkylating agent
  • use of CYP3A4 inhibitors during the trial
  • TNF blocker use within the 8 weeks prior to enrollment
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00889421

United States, Oregon
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon, United States, 97239
Sponsors and Collaborators
Oregon Health and Science University
Celgene Corporation
Principal Investigator: Eric B Suhler, MD, MPH Oregon Health and Science University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Eric B. Suhler, Principal Investigator, Oregon Health and Science University Identifier: NCT00889421     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: e4235
Study First Received: April 24, 2009
Results First Received: June 6, 2014
Last Updated: June 6, 2014

Keywords provided by Eric B. Suhler, Oregon Health and Science University:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Uveal Diseases
Eye Diseases
Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
Analgesics, Non-Narcotic
Sensory System Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Antirheumatic Agents
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Leprostatic Agents
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
Growth Substances
Growth Inhibitors
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