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Safety & Efficacy of Canakinumab (ACZ885) in Patients With Frequent Flares for Whom Nonsterodial Anti-Inflammatory Drug (NSAIDs) and/ or Colchicine Are Contraindicated, Not Tolerated or Ineffective

This study has been completed.
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Novartis ( Novartis Pharmaceuticals ) Identifier:
First received: May 24, 2011
Last updated: October 13, 2015
Last verified: October 2015
The purpose of this pivotal Phase III study is to support the registration of canakinumab for the indication of gout in China, a replicate of global studies CACZ885H2356 & CACZ885H2357 by demonstrating in patients with frequent flares of gout for whom NSAIDs and/or colchicine are contraindicated, not tolerated or ineffective, canakinumab 150 mg s.c. given upon acute gout flares relieves the signs and symptoms and prevents recurrence of gout flares compared to triamcinolone acetonide 40 mg i.m.

Condition Intervention Phase
Gouty Arthritis
Drug: Canakinumab, ACZ885
Drug: Triamcinolone acetonide
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized, Double-blind, Double-dummy, Active Controlled Study of Canakinumab (ACZ885) on the Treatment and Prevention of Gout Flares in Patients With Frequent Flares for Whom NSAIDs and/ or Colchicine Are Contraindicated, Not Tolerated or Ineffective

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Further study details as provided by Novartis ( Novartis Pharmaceuticals ):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The change in the gout pain intensity in the target joint following ACZ885 administration measured by Visual Analog Scale (VAS) The time to first new gout flare [ Time Frame: at 72 hours post-dose, 12 weeks ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Evaluate the time to 50% reduction of baseline pain intensity (measured on a 0-100 mm Visual Analog Scale) in the most affected joint affected by gout flare [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
  • Evaluate the percentage of patients with at least 1 new gout flare [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
  • Evaluate the efficacy of canakinumab compared with respect to the treatment of signs and symptoms of each acute gout flare [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
  • To evaluate the rescue medication use [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]
  • To evaluate the efficacy of canakinumab with regards to inflammatory markers (high sensitivity C-reactive protein [hsCRP]) measured in the serum [ Time Frame: 12 weeks ]

Enrollment: 135
Study Start Date: September 2002
Study Completion Date: May 2015
Primary Completion Date: May 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Canakinumab and placebo matching to triamcinolone acetonide
Drug: Canakinumab, ACZ885
Canakinumab and placebo matching to triamcinolone acetonide
Active Comparator: Triamcinolone acetonide 40 mg
Drug: Triamcinolone acetonide
Triamcinolone acetonide 40 mg and placebo matching to canakinumab


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion criteria:

  • Meeting diagnosis criteria for acute arthritis of primary gout.
  • Start of acute gout flare within 5 days prior to study visit 1
  • History of ≥ 3 gout flares within the 12 months prior to study start
  • Evidence of contraindication (absolute or relative), or intolerance, or lack of efficacy for either NSAIDs and/or colchicines

Exclusion criteria:

  • Requirement for administration of antibiotics against latent tuberculosis (TB), e.g., isoniazide
  • Refractory heart failure (Stage D).
  • Unstable cardiac arrhythmias or unstable symptomatic coronary ischemia
  • Secondary gout, chemotherapy induced gout, lead induced gout and transplant gout
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, evidence/suspicion of infectious/septic arthritis, or other acute inflammatory arthritis

Other protocol-defined inclusion/exclusion criteria may apply

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01362608

Novartis Investigative Site
Caba, Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1013AAR
China, Anhui
Novartis Investigative Site
Hefei, Anhui, China, 230001
Novartis Investigative Site
Hefei, Anhui, China, 230022
China, Beijing
Novartis Investigative Site
Beijing, Beijing, China, 100730
China, Guangdong
Novartis Investigative Site
Guangzhou, Guangdong, China, 510080
China, Hubei
Novartis Investigative Site
Wuhan, Hubei, China, 430022
China, Jiangsu
Novartis Investigative Site
Nanjing, Jiangsu, China, 210029
China, Shanxi
Novartis Investigative Site
Xi'an, Shanxi, China, 710032
China, Sichuan
Novartis Investigative Site
Chengdu, Sichuan, China, 610041
China, Zhejiang
Novartis Investigative Site
Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 310009
Novartis Investigative Site
Beijing, China, 100029
Novartis Investigative Site
Beijing, China, 100044
Novartis Investigative Site
Chengdu, China, 610072
Novartis Investigative Site
Shanghai, China, 200127
Novartis Investigative Site
Shanghai, China, 200433
Novartis Investigative Site
Katowice, Poland, 40-084
Novartis Investigative Site
Poznan, Poland, 60-773
Novartis Investigative Site
Wroclaw, Poland, 50-349
Novartis Investigative Site
Singapore, Singapore, 119074
Novartis Investigative Site
Singapore, Singapore, 529889
Sponsors and Collaborators
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Study Director: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Novartis Pharmaceuticals
  More Information

Responsible Party: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Identifier: NCT01362608     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CACZ885H2358
Study First Received: May 24, 2011
Last Updated: October 13, 2015

Keywords provided by Novartis ( Novartis Pharmaceuticals ):
Inflammatory gout
acute gout

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arthritis, Gouty
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Rheumatic Diseases
Purine-Pyrimidine Metabolism, Inborn Errors
Metabolism, Inborn Errors
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Metabolic Diseases
Triamcinolone hexacetonide
Triamcinolone Acetonide
Antibodies, Monoclonal
Triamcinolone diacetate
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Enzyme Inhibitors
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Gout Suppressants
Antirheumatic Agents
Tubulin Modulators
Antimitotic Agents
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