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Vascular Inflammation in Psoriasis-Ustekinumab (VIP-U) (VIP-U)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02187172
Recruitment Status : Active, not recruiting
First Posted : July 10, 2014
Last Update Posted : June 16, 2017
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Pennsylvania

Brief Summary:

The VIP-U Study is a clinical trial designed to investigate the effect of ustekinumab (Stelara) and placebo on reducing vascular inflammation and cardiometabolic risk biomarkers in patients with moderate to severe psoriasis.

This study will look for systemic vascular inflammation in study participants with a test called FDG PET/CT (fluorodeoxyglucose-positron emission tomography/computed tomography). The study will also look for cardiometabolic identifiers (heart disease and metabolic factors) in blood samples, including markers of high cholesterol, cholesterol efflux function (the ability of cholesterol to move in the body), metabolic factors, and inflammation.

The study will also examine the effects of ustekinumab compared to placebo on psoriasis activity, severity and safety.


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Psoriasis Cardiovascular Disease Drug: Ustekinumab Drug: Placebo Phase 4

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 43 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Crossover Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A PHASE IV, RANDOMIZED, DOUBLE-BLIND, PLACEBO-CONTROLLED STUDY OF THE EFFECTS OF USTEKINUMAB ON VASCULAR INFLAMMATION IN PSORIASIS
Study Start Date : July 2014
Estimated Primary Completion Date : June 2019
Estimated Study Completion Date : June 2019

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

MedlinePlus related topics: Psoriasis
Drug Information available for: Ustekinumab

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Ustekinumab (Stelara)
Ustekinumab (Stelara) subcutaneous injection 45mg (if person's weight is 100kg or less) or 90mg (if person's weight is greater than 100kg) at day 0 and week 4 followed by every 12-week dosing thereafter.
Drug: Ustekinumab
Placebo Comparator: Placebo
Placebo subcutaneous injection will be given according to the same dose and schedule as the active comparator.
Drug: Ustekinumab
Drug: Placebo



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Vascular Inflammation and Biomarkers [ Time Frame: Baseline - End of Study Visit (Week 52 or Week 64) ]
    Change in total vascular inflammation of five aortic segments as assessed on FDG-PET/CT and change in metabolic, lipid, and inflammatory biomarker levels.


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in Psoriasis Activity [ Time Frame: Baseline, week 4, 8, 12, and then every 12 weeks throughout the study. ]
    Change in psoriasis activity throughout the study.

  2. Change in Patient-Reported Outcomes [ Time Frame: Baseline, week 4, 8, 12, and then every 12 weeks throughout the study. ]
    Change in patient-reported dietary and physical activity assessments (i.e. MEDFICTS and IPAQ).

  3. Number of Patients with Adverse Events [ Time Frame: Per patient report throughout the study. ]
    Safety will be assessed by evaluating all reported adverse events and comparing the reports of study participants on ustekinumab vs. placebo.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Males and females 18 years of age and older.
  2. Clinical diagnosis of psoriasis for at least 6 months as determined by subject interview of his/her medical history and confirmation of diagnosis through physical examination by Investigator.
  3. Stable plaque psoriasis for at least 2 months before Screening and at Baseline (Week 0) as determined by subject interview of his/her medical history.
  4. Moderate to severe psoriasis defined by ≥ 10 percent Body Surface Area (BSA) involvement at the Baseline (Week 0) visit.
  5. PASI score of ≥ 12 at the Baseline (Week 0) visit.
  6. Subject is a candidate for systemic therapy and has active psoriasis despite prior treatment with topical agents.
  7. Women are eligible to participate in the study if they meet one of the following criteria:

    1. Women of childbearing potential who are willing to undergo periodic pregnancy testing during the study and agree to use at least one method of contraception throughout the study duration and for at least 15 weeks after the last dose of the study drug are eligible to participate.
    2. Women who are postmenopausal (for at least one year), sterile, or hysterectomized are eligible to participate.
    3. Women who have undergone tubal ligation are eligible to participate.
    4. Women who agree to be sexually abstinent, defined as total abstinence from sexual intercourse, as a form of contraception, are eligible to participate.
  8. Men are eligible to participate in the study if they meet one of the following criteria:

    1. Agree to use a proven birth control method during the study and for at least 15 weeks after the last dose of the study drug.
    2. Have a female partner who agrees to use at least one method of contraception throughout the study duration and for at least 15 weeks after the last dose of the study drug.
    3. Have a female partner who is postmenopausal (for at least one year), sterile, or hysterectomized;
    4. Have a female partner who has undergone tubal ligation,
    5. Agree to be sexually abstinent, defined as total abstinence from sexual intercourse, as a form of contraception.
  9. Subject is judged to be in good general health as determined by the Principal Investigator based upon the results of medical history, laboratory profile, physical examination, and 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) performed at screening.
  10. Able and willing to give written informed consent and to comply with requirements of this study protocol.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Previous adverse event following exposure to an IL-12/IL-23 antagonist that led to discontinuation of therapy and contraindicates future treatment.
  2. Previous lack of response to an IL-12/IL-23 antagonist that led to discontinuation of therapy.
  3. Diagnosis of erythrodermic psoriasis, generalized or localized pustular psoriasis, medication-induced or medication-exacerbated psoriasis, or new onset guttate psoriasis.
  4. Diagnosis of other active skin diseases or skin infections (bacterial, fungal, or viral) that may interfere with evaluation of psoriasis.
  5. Cannot avoid UVB phototherapy or Excimer laser for at least 14 days prior to the Baseline (Week 0) visit and during the study.
  6. Cannot avoid psoralen-UVA phototherapy for at least 30 days prior to the Baseline (Week 0) visit and during the study.
  7. Cannot discontinue systemic therapies for the treatment of psoriasis, or systemic therapies known to improve psoriasis, during the study:

    • Systemic therapies must be discontinued at least 30 days prior to the Baseline (Week 0) visit except for biologics.

      • All biologics, except ustekinumab, must be discontinued for at least 90 days prior to Baseline (Week 0).
      • Any IL-12/IL-23 antagonist (e.g., ustekinumab, briakinumab) must be discontinued for at least 180 days prior to Baseline (Week 0).
    • Investigational agents must be discontinued at least 30 days or 5 half-lives (whichever is longer) prior to the Baseline (Week 0) visit.
  8. Subject is taking or requires oral or injectable corticosteroids during the study. Inhaled corticosteroids for stable medical conditions are allowed.
  9. Poorly controlled medical condition, such as unstable ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular accident or myocardial infarction within the prior 6 months, psychiatric disease requiring frequent hospitalization, and any other condition, which, in the opinion of the Investigator, would put the subject at risk by participation in the study.
  10. History of diabetes mellitus, type 1 or type 2 with the exception that patients with type 2 diabetes may be enrolled if the duration of diabetes is <10 years and HbA1c is <7.0%.
  11. Uncontrolled hypertension, with measured systolic blood pressure >180 mmHg or diastolic blood pressure >90 mmHg
  12. Subject has infection or risk factors for severe infections, for example:

    • Positive serology or known history of HIV, hepatitis B or C, or other severe, recurrent, or persistent infections;
    • Excessive immunosuppression or other factors associated with it, including human immunodeficiency virus infection;
    • Active tuberculosis (TB) disease;
    • Evidence of latent TB infection demonstrated by positive Quantiferon-GOLD result; except if prophylactic treatment for TB, as recommended by local guidelines, is initiated prior to administration of study drug or if there is documentation that the subject has received prophylactic treatment for TB within 3 years prior to the first administration of study agent.
    • Any other significant infection requiring hospitalization or intravenous (IV) antibiotics in the month prior to Baseline;
    • Infection requiring treatment with oral or parenteral (other than IV) antibiotics within 14 days prior to Baseline;
    • Subject has received vaccination with Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) within 365 days prior to Screening or will receive BCG vaccination during study participation including up to 12 months after the last dose of the study drug;
    • Subject has received vaccination with a live viral agent 30 days prior to Screening or will require a live vaccination during study participation including up to 3 months after the last dose of study drug.
  13. Subject has history of hematological or solid malignancy within the past five years other than successfully treated basal cell carcinoma, non-metastatic cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma or cervical carcinoma in situ.
  14. Female subject who is pregnant or breast-feeding or considering becoming pregnant during the study.
  15. Male subject who is considering fathering a child during the study.
  16. Screening clinical laboratory analyses showing any of the following abnormal results:

    • Hemoglobin (Hgb) < 10 g/dL in females or <12 g/dL in males;
    • White blood cell (WBC) count <2.5 x 109/L

      o Subject can be included if WBC count is <2.5 x 109/L and absolute neutrophil count (ANC) is >1000 cells / mm3.

    • WBC count > 15 x 109/L;
    • Platelet count < 100 x 109/L;
    • Serum creatinine >1.6 mg/dL (>141 µmol/L);
    • Serum aspartate transaminase (AST) or alanine transaminase (ALT) >2.5 upper limits of normal (ULN);
    • Serum total bilirubin ≥2 mg/dL (≥26 µmol/L)
  17. Recent history of substance abuse or psychiatric illness that could preclude compliance with the protocol.
  18. History of any substance abuse within 365 days of screening visit
  19. Alcohol use >14 drinks per week at the screening visit or within 30 days of the screening period
  20. If subject is on cholesterol-lowering medication (e.g. statin), dose and form of medication must be stable for 90 days prior to week 0 and remain stable throughout the duration of the study.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02187172


Locations
United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pennsylvania
Janssen Scientific Affairs, LLC
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Joel M Gelfand, MD, MSCE University of Pennsylvania

Responsible Party: University of Pennsylvania
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02187172     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 820124
First Posted: July 10, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: June 16, 2017
Last Verified: June 2017

Keywords provided by University of Pennsylvania:
Psoriasis
Cardiovascular Disease
Vascular Inflammation
Lipid Biomarkers
FDG-PET/CT

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Inflammation
Cardiovascular Diseases
Psoriasis
Pathologic Processes
Skin Diseases, Papulosquamous
Skin Diseases
Ustekinumab
Dermatologic Agents