An Observational Study on The Safety and Effectiveness of Mabthera (Rituximab) in The First Six Months of Treatment in Patients With Severe Active Rheumatoid Arthritis

This study has been completed.
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Hoffmann-La Roche Identifier:
First received: February 18, 2010
Last updated: October 1, 2015
Last verified: October 2015
This prospective observational study will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Mabthera (Rituximab) within the first 6 months of treatment in patients with severe active rheumatoid arthritis in routine care. For each eligible patient data will be collected for 6 months. Target sample size is <2000 patients.

Condition Intervention
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Drug: rituximab [Mabthera/Rituxan]

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: A Prospective, Multi-center Non-interventional Observational Study to Evaluate the Safety and Effectiveness of MabThera® (Rituximab) Within the First 6 Months of Treatment in Patients With Severe Active Rheumatoid Arthritis in Routine Care.

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Efficacy: disease activity (DAS28) and functional capacity (HAQ) [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Safety: adverse drug reactions and infections [ Time Frame: throughout obseration period of 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Impact of various factors (CCP and RF status, previous therapies, age, comorbidities) on efficacy [ Time Frame: 6 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 1633
Study Start Date: January 2010
Study Completion Date: October 2014
Primary Completion Date: October 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Groups/Cohorts Assigned Interventions
Cohort Drug: rituximab [Mabthera/Rituxan]
As prescribed by physician


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Patients starting treatment with rituximab

Inclusion Criteria:

  • adult patients, >/= 18 years of age
  • severe active rheumatoid arthritis; eligible for treatment with rituximab according to current SPC
  • informed consent to data collection
  • ongoing contraception (for female patients only)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • previous treatment with rituximab (Mabthera)
  • allergy against monoclonal antibodies, respectively chimeric monoclonal antibodies
  • active severe infection
  • severe heart failure (NYHA Class IV) or severe, uncontrolled cardiac disease
  • treatment in other studies within 3 months before rituximab therapy
  • pregnancy or breast feeding
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01071798

Berlin, Germany, 13125
Sponsors and Collaborators
Hoffmann-La Roche
Study Director: Clinical Trials Hoffmann-La Roche
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Responsible Party: Hoffmann-La Roche Identifier: NCT01071798     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: ML22639 
Study First Received: February 18, 2010
Last Updated: October 1, 2015
Health Authority: Germany: Paul-Ehrlich-Institut

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Autoimmune Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents
Antirheumatic Agents
Immunologic Factors
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Therapeutic Uses processed this record on February 08, 2016