Efficacy, Safety and Tolerability of AIN457 in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Taking Methotrexate (MTX)

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Novartis ( Novartis Pharmaceuticals )
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First received: June 25, 2009
Last updated: May 31, 2012
Last verified: May 2012

This study will assess at Week 16 the efficacy and safety of AIN457 at different doses in patients with active RA despite stable MTX therapy. Treatment will continue up to Week 48 with a safety follow-up at Week 60 to assess the long term efficacy and safety of AIN457 treatment in combination with MTX in RA.

Condition Intervention Phase
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Biological: AIN457
Biological: Placebo
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A 16-week Multicenter, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Parallel Group, Dose-finding Study to Evaluate the Efficacy, Safety and Tolerability of Subcutaneous AIN457 Followed by an Extension Phase up to a Total of 60 Weeks in Patients With Active Rheumatoid Arthritis Despite Stable Treatment With Methotrexate

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • efficacy (ACR20 criteria) at various doses of AIN457 compared to placebo as add-on therapy in patients with active RA despite stable treatment with methotrexate (MTX) [ Time Frame: week 16 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To assess the speed of onset of response based on ACR20 and ACR50 [ Time Frame: at 2, 4 and 8 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • To evaluate the efficacy of AIN457 by assessing the response to treatment (ACR 50 and 70 criteria, DAS 28) compared to placebo [ Time Frame: at Week 16 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • To assess the effect of AIN457 on ACR components, including markers of inflammation (hsCRP and ESR) compared to placebo [ Time Frame: week 16 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • To assess the immunogenicity, PK/PD of AIN457 and efficacy of AIN457 on quality of life and fatigue [ Time Frame: week 16 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • To evaluate the overall safety and tolerability of AIN457 [ Time Frame: week 16 ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Enrollment: 237
Study Start Date: July 2009
Primary Completion Date: March 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: AIN457 1 Biological: AIN457
Experimental: AIN457 2 Biological: AIN457
Experimental: AIN457 3 Biological: AIN457
Experimental: AIN457 4 Biological: AIN457
Placebo Comparator: Placebo Biological: Placebo


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Presence of RA classified by ACR 1987 revised criteria. Patients with active RA should have been on MTX for at least 3 months and must currently be treated with a stable dose of MTX (> or =7.5 mg/week - < or = 25 mg/week) for at least 4 weeks
  • At Baseline: Disease activity criteria defined by > or = 6 out of 28 tender joints and > or = 6 out of 28 swollen joints WITH either Screening value of hsCRP > or = 10 mg/L OR ESR > or = 28 mm/1st hr

Exclusion Criteria:

  • RA patients functional status class IV classified according to the ACR 1991 revised criteria
  • Patients taking high potency opioid analgesics (e.g., methadone, hydromorphone, or morphine).
  • Any therapy by intra-articular injections (e.g. corticosteroid) required for treatment of acute RA flare within 4 weeks before randomization

Other protocol-defined inclusion/exclusion criteria may apply

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Responsible Party: Novartis ( Novartis Pharmaceuticals )
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00928512     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CAIN457F2201, EudraCT number: 2009-011000-34
Study First Received: June 25, 2009
Last Updated: May 31, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration
Belgium: Federal Agency for Medicinal Products and Health Products
Czech Republic: State Institute for Drug Control
Germany: Paul-Ehrlich-Institut
Hungary: National Institute of Pharmacy
Japan: Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency
Korea: Food and Drug Administration
Poland: Ministry of Health
Russia: Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation
Slovakia: State Institute for Drug Control
Taiwan: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Novartis:
Rheumatoid Arthritis, RA, ACR, inflammatory joints

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Autoimmune Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases

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