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Efficacy Study of T2 Versus AZA to Maintain Clinical and Endoscopic Remission in Postoperative Crohn's Disease (T2)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01015391
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified June 2013 by Zhu Weiming, Jinling Hospital, China.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : November 18, 2009
Last Update Posted : June 4, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Zhu Weiming, Jinling Hospital, China

November 17, 2009
November 18, 2009
June 4, 2013
November 2009
June 2013   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
  • Clinical Remission: the proportion of patients with CDAI <150 at 26 and 52 weeks [ Time Frame: 52 weeks ]
  • Endoscopic Remission: the proportion of patients with CDEIS <6 at 26 and 52 weeks [ Time Frame: 52 weeks ]
Same as current
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  • The time till the clinical relapse of CD(the CDAI >150 or an increase of more than 70 points) [ Time Frame: 52 weeks ]
  • The time till the histological recurrence(determined by biopsies and endoscopic findings) [ Time Frame: 52 weeks ]
  • Serum C-reactive protein concentration; Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate [ Time Frame: 52 weeks ]
  • The proportion of patients experiencing adverse events [ Time Frame: 52 weeks ]
Same as current
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Efficacy Study of T2 Versus AZA to Maintain Clinical and Endoscopic Remission in Postoperative Crohn's Disease
A Randomized, Controlled, Open-label Study to Assess the Efficacy of T2 Versus Azathioprine for the Maintenance of Clinical and Endoscopic Remission in Subjects With Crohn's Disease After Surgical Resection

The purpose of this study is to see whether T2 versus Azathioprine is able to maintain the clinical and endoscopic remission in subjects with Crohn's disease after surgery-induced remission.

The side effects related to T2 and AZA will also be monitored throughout the study.

Crohn's disease is characterized by inflammation and ulceration of the small intestine and colon. Patients commonly experience abdominal pain, diarrhea,malnutrition and malaise which result in decreased quality of life and an increased risk of chronic disability and unemployment. Surgical resection is required in approximately 70% of the patients at some time. However, recurrence of the disease after operation occurs in the majority of patients and is a serious limitation of surgical management. Patients' quality of life is often severely diminished. Currently available therapeutic options for the maintenance of remission in Crohn's disease are inadequate. A clear need exists for well-tolerated drugs that can reliably reduce the risk of a disease relapse.

AZA is classical immunomodulator,often applied to hematologic diseases and immune-related diseases,also the most commonly used drug in the maintenance of remission in Crohn's disease, it is indicated in steroid resistant or dependent patients, in those whose frequency of relapse is >1 per year, in patients after induction of remission with IFX, and in patients whose remission were induced by surgical resection. However, AZA may cause some adverse effects,the most serious adverse effect is leucopenia, which can develop suddenly and unpredictably, though it is rare (around 3%).

T2 is a chloroform/methanol extract Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TWHF), the traditional Chinese medicine,used in rheumatoid arthritis and nephritis. It has both immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory activities.Our previous animal studies have revealed that the major component of T2, triptolide, could prevent the development of chronic colitis in interleukin-10 deficient mice. The phase I clinical trial in our institute also demonstrated that T2, or combined with enteral nutrition, is efficient for induction of remission in patients with active Crohn's disease.The common adverse effects of T2 are leucopenia,liver renal toxicity,oligospermia and amenorrhea.

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Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Crohn's Disease
  • Drug: T2
    1.5mg/kg/day, PO (per oral),three times a day: until progression or unacceptable toxicity develops
  • Drug: Azathioprine
    2.5mg/kg, PO (per oral) one time a day:until progression or unacceptable toxicity develops the first month:1.5mg/kg,PO,one time a day the second month:2.0mg/kg,PO,one time a day since the third month:2.5mg/kg,PO,one time a day
  • Experimental: T2
    Intervention: Drug: T2
  • Active Comparator: AZA
    Intervention: Drug: Azathioprine

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
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June 2013
June 2013   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Subjects should have a definitive diagnosis of Crohn's disease, based on WHO criteria
  • Subjects having curative resection/ileocolonic anastomosis,pathologically diagnosed as Crohn's disease
  • Lesions located in ileum or ileocecal region
  • Males and females ≥ 18 years old, including women who are not pregnant or lactating at the time of enrollment.
  • Body weight between 40 and 100 kg, inclusive.
  • Subjects should have a CDAI score <150 at week 0
  • Able to swallow tablets
  • Are capable of providing written informed consent and obtained at the time of enrollment
  • Willing to adhere to the study visit schedule and other protocol requirements.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Bacterial,viral or other microbial infection(including HIV)
  • any of the following medications taken within 12 weeks before surgery: cyclosporine, tacrolimus, sirolimus, mycophenolate mofetil, or other investigational drugs
  • any of ongoing therapy for Crohn's disease with: 5-ASA compounds, steroids, immune modifiers, systemic antibiotics, and tube feeding
  • Needing orally administered corticosteroids for the treatment of other diseases. Inhaled or dermatologic preparations are acceptable.
  • Previous or current use of infliximab.
  • current use of prescription doses or chronic/frequent use of NSAIDs
  • Treatment with narcotic pain medications. (Anti-diarrheal agents such as loperamide and diphenoxylate are permitted, providing that the dose is not increased during the study period.)
  • With an ileal or colonic stoma.
  • History of pancreatitis, except for subjects with a known but removed cause(such as gallstone pancreatitis)
  • WBC <3.0 x 109/L, hemoglobin <80 g/L, Platelets<50,000/mm3 at the time of enrollment (or within the previous 6 months, if known)
  • History of abnormal liver function tests, including AST or ALT >1.5 times upper limit of normal, alkaline phosphatase >2 times upper limit of normal, total bilirubin >2.5 mg/dL at screening (or within the previous 6 months, if known)
  • With short bowel syndrome (defined as requiring oral or parenteral supplemental or total nutrition to maintain stable body weight, or more than 100 cm of small bowel resected)
  • History of malignancy
  • Women who are pregnant or lactating at the time of enrollment, or who intend to be during the study period.
  • Participation in other clinical trial within the past 6 months
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
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Zhu Weiming, Jinling Hospital, China
Jinling Hospital, China
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Principal Investigator: Weiming Zhu, PhD,MD General Surgery Institute,Jinling Hospital,Nanjing,Jiangsu,China
Jinling Hospital, China
June 2013

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