A Study Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of QGE031 in Atopic Dermatitis Patients

This study has been completed.
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Novartis ( Novartis Pharmaceuticals )
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: January 26, 2012
Last updated: April 19, 2016
Last verified: April 2016
The study will assess the safety and efficacy of QGE031 in the treatment of moderate to severe atopic dermatitis patients. In addition, QGE031 levels in the blood will be measured and the effect of QGE031 on markers in the blood and skin will be evaluated. Comparisons of the effect of QGE31 will be made with placebo and also cyclosporine, a treatment already established as being effective in atopic dermatitis.

Condition Intervention Phase
Atopic Dermatitis
Drug: QGE031
Drug: Placebo
Drug: Cyclosporine A
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo Controlled, Parallel Group, Proof of Concept Study Evaluating the Efficacy, Safety, Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics of QGE031 in the Treatment of Patients With Moderate to Severe Atopic Dermatitis

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Further study details as provided by Novartis:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Eczema Area and Severity Index(EASI) [ Time Frame: baseline, 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Efficacy response will be assessed using EASI.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in Investigator Global Assessment (IGA) for atopic dermatitis [ Time Frame: 6 weeks, 12 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Participants dermatitis will be visually assessed and an IGA score will be determined by the Investigator using a prespecified evaluation criteria.

  • Number of participants with adverse events [ Time Frame: 24 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    Adverse events will be determined by observation and non-leading questioning of patients, and by measuring safety parameters (electrocardiograms, clinical laboratory, blood pressure)

  • QGE031 plasma concentrations [ Time Frame: 24 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Blood samples will be collected on Day 1(predose),15, 29, 43, 57, 71, 85, 99, 113, 127, 141, 155, and 169 for determination of QGE031 serum levels

Enrollment: 22
Study Start Date: January 2012
Study Completion Date: August 2013
Primary Completion Date: August 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Group 1 QGE031
QGE031 will be administered as a subcutaneous dose q2 weeks
Drug: QGE031
Placebo Comparator: Group 2 Placebo
A QGE031 matched placebo will be administered as a subcutaneous dose q2 weeks
Drug: Placebo
Experimental: Group 3 Cyclosporine A
Cyclosporine A will be administered (as per label) for atopic dermatitis.
Drug: Cyclosporine A


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Key Inclusion criteria:

  • Male and female patients 18 to 65 years of age inclusive (at the time of the screening visit), and who passed screening examinations by past medical history, physical examination, vital signs, electrocardiogram, and laboratory tests.
  • Presence of atopic dermatitis confirmed by itchy skin condition in the past 12 months (must have), plus three, or more, of the following:

    1. History of involvement of the skin creases (fronts of elbows, behind knees, fronts of ankles, around neck or around eyes)
    2. Personal history of asthma or hay fever
    3. History of generally dry skin in the past year
    4. Onset before age of 2 years
    5. Visible flexural dermatitis
  • Patients with an EASI score of ≥20 at screening and stable AD (not currently experiencing an acute flare of their AD or had a significant change in the extent of their disease or their treatment regimen in the month prior to enrollment)
  • Patients with a Total IgE in the range of 30 to 5000 IU/mL inclusive

Key exclusion criteria:

  • Pregnant or nursing (lactating) women, where pregnancy was defined as the state of a female after conception and until the termination of gestation, confirmed by a positive human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) laboratory test
  • Women of child-bearing potential (WOCBP), defined as all women physiologically capable of becoming pregnant, including women whose career, lifestyle, or sexual orientation precludes intercourse with a male partner and women whose partners had been sterilized by vasectomy or other means unless they were using a highly effective method of birth control:
  • Total abstinence
  • Male/female sterilization
  • Combination of any two of the following (a+b or a+c or b+c):

    1. Use of oral, injected or implanted hormonal methods of contraception
    2. Placement of an intrauterine device (IUD) or intrauterine system (IUS)
    3. Barrier methods of contraception: condom or occlusive cap (diaphragm or cervical/vault caps) with spermicidal foam/gel/film/cream/vaginal suppository
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01552629

Novartis Investigative Site
Vienna, Austria
Novartis Investigative Site
Nice Cedex 3, France, 06202
Novartis Investigative Site
Bonn, Germany, 53105
Novartis Investigative Site
Kiel, Germany, 24105
Sponsors and Collaborators
Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Study Director: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Novartis Pharmaceuticals
  More Information

Responsible Party: Novartis Pharmaceuticals
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01552629     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CQGE031X2201  2011-002112-84 
Study First Received: January 26, 2012
Last Updated: April 19, 2016
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration
Austria: Bundesministerium für Gesundheit
France: Afssaps - Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Saint-Denis)

Keywords provided by Novartis:
Atopic dermatitis
Atopic eczema
Skin Diseases

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Dermatitis, Atopic
Genetic Diseases, Inborn
Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Immune System Diseases
Skin Diseases
Skin Diseases, Eczematous
Skin Diseases, Genetic
Anti-Infective Agents
Antifungal Agents
Antirheumatic Agents
Calcineurin Inhibitors
Dermatologic Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Immunologic Factors
Immunosuppressive Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Physiological Effects of Drugs

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on May 26, 2016