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Benefits of Injectable Abatacept Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) Patients

This study has been completed.
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Norman B. Gaylis, MD, Arthritis & Rheumatic Disease Specialties Research Identifier:
First received: May 6, 2011
Last updated: July 16, 2015
Last verified: July 2015
The purpose of this study is to determine if the use of sub-cutaneous (SC) abatacept provides any structural benefit in patients with rheumatoid arthritis who have failed prior use of TNF therapy.

Condition Intervention Phase
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Biological: abatacept
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Assessment of Structural Benefits of Injectable Abatacept as Measured by MRI in RA Patients Who Have Failed Prior Anti-Tumor Necrosis (TNF) Therapy and Correlated With Clinical Outcomes

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Further study details as provided by Arthritis & Rheumatic Disease Specialties Research:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The primary objective is to evaluate the change from baseline in bone edema/osteitis using low-field MRI in rheumatoid arthritis patients who are using weekly SC abatacept in combination with methotrexate over a 12-month period. [ Time Frame: MRIs will be performed at Baseline, Weeks 12, 24, 48 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To measure the change in baseline in Physician DAS 28 score at weeks 12,24,and 48 [ Time Frame: The DAS 28 score will be performed at baseline, weeks 12, 24 and 48 ]
  • To measure the change from baseline in Patient DAS 28 scores at weeks 12, 24 and 48 [ Time Frame: Patient DAS 28 scores will be measured at baseline, weeks 12, 24 and 48 ]
  • To correlate the clinical outcomes measurements (American College of Rheumatology activity scoring, Health Assessment questionnaires, and C-reactive Protein) to structural improvement (bone edema/osteitis) at weeks 12, 24, 48 [ Time Frame: correlations will be done at weeks 12, 24 and 48 ]
  • To measure the onset of clinical and structural improvement as measured by DAS 28 score and MRI findings [ Time Frame: measurements will be performed at weeks 12, 24 and 48 and correlated ]
  • To record adverse events to determine safety [ Time Frame: all adverse events will be captured from Day 1 and assessed for causality ]

Enrollment: 39
Study Start Date: June 2011
Study Completion Date: April 2014
Primary Completion Date: January 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: abatacept
open label use of abatacept for 12 months
Biological: abatacept
Abatacept administered SC weekly at 125 mg dose
Other Name: orencia

Detailed Description:
Results in the literature suggest the structural benefits of intravenous (IV) abatacept as measured by high and low field MRI and X-ray in patients with rheumatoid arthritis who have previously failed clinical treatment with TNF agents. This study attempts to measure the structural benefits of SC abatacept in a similar cohort of patients while at the same time comparing the structural findings with clinical outcome measurements as collected at corresponding time points with an automated patient and physician disease activity scoring system of 28 joints (DAS28).

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Able and willing to give written informed consent
  • Patients must have a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis > 3 months
  • Patients must have been receiving methotrexate for 12 weeks prior to screening at a dose of 10mg - 25 mg weekly.
  • Patient must have had an inadequate response after receiving or previously receiving one (1) but no more than two (2) anti-TNF biologic agents
  • Age >/= 18 yrs
  • Must have active RA as defined by a DAS28 (Erythrocyte sedimentation rate) score >4.4
  • Must have synovitis of at least two joints in one hand/wrist at screening and baseline
  • Must have a negative Pregnancy test and use adequate method of contraception throughout the trial
  • Stable use of Corticosteroids is permitted
  • Stable use of Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs is permitted

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Functional Class IV
  • Pregnancy or breastfeeding
  • History of any other inflammatory arthritis
  • Sexually active patients who are not using acceptable birth control
  • Subjects who have undergone metacarpophalangeal (MCP) arthroplasty or anticipate the need for such a procedure
  • Subjects with a history of cancer in the last five years other than non melanoma skin cancers
  • Subjects who are unable to comply with study and followup procedures
  • Subjects who have current or severe symptoms of renal, hepatic, hematologic, gastrointestinal, pulmonary cardiac, neurologic, or cerebral disease
  • Subjects who currently abuse drugs or alcohol
  • Subjects with evidence of active or latent bacterial or viral infections at the time of enrollment
  • Subjects who have received live vaccines within 4 months of first dose of study medication
  • Subjects with herpes zoster or cytomegalovirus that resolved less than two months prior to dosing
  • Subjects at risk for tuberculosis (TB). Specifically excluded will be subjects with a history of active TB within the last 3 years and subjects with latent TB must have a negative chest X-ray and be started on treatment for at least 28 days prior to dosing.
  • Prior treatment with Rituximab within 12 months
  • Prior treatment with more than 2 TNFs
  • Intramuscular(IM), Intravenous(IV) Intra-articular (IA) corticosteroids within 28 days prior to baseline
  • Subjects who have a metal device affected by MRI (e.g. any type of electronic, mechanical or magnetic implant, metal slivers, metal objects, cardioverter defibrillator)
  • Subjects who have received any disease modifying agent (DMARD) other than methotrexate within the past 28 days prior to baseline
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01351480

United States, Florida
Arthritis & Rheumatic Disease Specialties Research
Aventura, Florida, United States, 33180
Sponsors and Collaborators
Arthritis & Rheumatic Disease Specialties Research
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Principal Investigator: Norman B Gaylis, MD Arthritis & Rheumatic Disease Specialties Research
  More Information

Responsible Party: Norman B. Gaylis, MD, MD, Arthritis & Rheumatic Disease Specialties Research Identifier: NCT01351480     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: IM101-306 
Study First Received: May 6, 2011
Last Updated: July 16, 2015

Keywords provided by Arthritis & Rheumatic Disease Specialties Research:
Auto-immune Disease
Rheumatoid Arthritis

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arthritis, Rheumatoid
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Connective Tissue Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Antirheumatic Agents processed this record on February 20, 2017