Inhibition of Complement Activation (Eculizumab) in Guillain-Barre Syndrome Study (ICA-GBS)

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified September 2014 by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : January 7, 2014
Last Update Posted : September 23, 2014
University of Glasgow
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

January 6, 2014
January 7, 2014
September 23, 2014
September 2014
October 2015   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
  • Determine the incidence of AE/SAEs after treatment with eculizumab and IVIg compared to placebo controls [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Primary safety endpoint
  • Improvement of one or more grade in functional outcome (on the 6 point GBS disability scale) at 4 weeks [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
    Primary efficacy endpoint
Same as current
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  • Ability to walk unaided (GBS disability score 2) at 8 weeks [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
  • Time taken to improve by at least one grade (on the GBS disability scale) [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
  • Time taken to walk independently [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
  • Difference in GBS disability score at maximum disability completed with 6 months [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Percentage of patients with a clinically relevant improvement in R-ODS score [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    An increase from Baseline in R-ODS score by at least 6 points on the centile metric score at 4 weeks and 6 months
  • Percentage of patients with a clinically relevant improvement in ONLS [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
    Defined as an increase from baseline in ONLS score by at least 1 point at 4 weeks and 6 months
  • Requirement for ventilatory support (GBS disability score 5) [ Time Frame: 4 weeks ]
  • Duration of ventilatory support [ Time Frame: 8 weeks ]
  • Occurrence of relapse [ Time Frame: 2 years ]
  • Dearth within the first 6 months [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
Same as current
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Inhibition of Complement Activation (Eculizumab) in Guillain-Barre Syndrome Study
Inhibition of Complement Activation (Eculizumab) in Guillain-Barre Syndrome Study

Guillian-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is the most frequent cause of acute neuromuscular weakness in the Western World and can occur at any age. GBS is a rpadily progressive 'inflammatory' disorder of the perihperal nerves often leading to sever paresis of the limbs. Most GBS patients also have sensory disturbances (tingling or dull feeling) and pain. Some patients also have double vision or problems with swallowing. GBS mau also involve the respiratory muscles, leading to insufficient ventilation and admission to an intensive care unit. GBS pateints have a vairable prognosis; 20-30% require mechnical ventilation for a period ranging from weeks to months, 20% are unable to walk after 6 months nad 3-5% dies. Progression of weakness in GBS is usually rapid and reaches its peak within 4 weeks in the majority of patients, but many develop their maximum deficit within 2 weeks. Thereafter, the patients have a variable prognosis.

GBS is a treatable disorder. Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) 2g/kg administered in 5 days was shown to be effective when administered within the first two weeks after onset of symptoms, and is considered the treatment of choice by most experts in the field. Although the standard treatment for GBS is a single course of IVIg (2g/kg administered in 5 days), many patients fails to recover abd remain with substantial disability. Patients with GBS and especially those with a poor prognosis potentially may benefit from more powerful abd when possible a more mechanistically rational therapy.

Recent experimental evidence suggests that complement activation palys a crucial role in the development of neuromuscular weakness in GBS making complement inhibitors and regulators attracive therapeutic targets. Our hypothesis is that Eculizumab, with its function as a complement inhibitor, will be very effective in preventing progression of weakness in patients with GBS.

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Phase 2
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Gullian Barre Syndrome
Drug: Eculizumab
  • Experimental: Eculizumab
    Eculizumab, 900 mg intravenously once a week
    Intervention: Drug: Eculizumab
  • Placebo Comparator: Placebo
    Matched placebo, intravenously once a week
Davidson AI, Halstead SK, Goodfellow JA, Chavada G, Mallik A, Overell J, Lunn MP, McConnachie A, van Doorn P, Willison HJ. Inhibition of complement in Guillain-Barré syndrome: the ICA-GBS study. J Peripher Nerv Syst. 2017 Mar;22(1):4-12. doi: 10.1111/jns.12194.

*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Unknown status
Same as current
March 2016
October 2015   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Patients aged >18 years diagnosed with GBS according to NINDS diagnostic criteria
  • Onset of weakness due to GBS is less than 2 weeks ago
  • Patients who are unable to walk unaided for >10 metres (grade >3 on GBS disability scale)
  • Patients who are being considered for or already on IVIg treatment
  • First dose of eculizumab must be started within 2 weeks from onset of weakness and any time during the IVIg treatment period
  • Signed informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Age <18 years
  • Patients who are being considered for, or already on, plasma exchange
  • Pregnancy or lactation
  • Patients show clear clinical evidence of a polyneuropahty caused by e.g. diabetes mellitus (except mild sensory), alcoholism, severe vitamin deficiency, and porphyria
  • Patients received immunosuppressive treatment (e.g. azathioprine, cyclosporine, mycofenolatemofetil, tacrolimus, sirolimus or > 20 mg prednisolone daily) during the last month
  • Patients known to have severe concurrent disease, like malignancy, severe cardiovascular disease, AIDS, severe COPD, TB
  • Inability to comply with study related procedures or appointments during 6 months
  • Any condition that in the opinion of the investigator could increase the patient's risk by participating in the study or confound the outcome of the study
  • Related to the administration of eculizumab:

Unresoled Neisseria meningitidisinfection of history of meningococcal infection Unsuitable for antibiotic prophylaxis (e.g due to allergy) Known hypersensitivity to eculizumab, murine proteins or to any of the excipients Known or suspected hereditary complement deficiencies Women of child-bearing potential who are unwilling to use effective contraception during treatment and for 5 months after treatment is completed.

Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
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United Kingdom
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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
University of Glasgow
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NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
September 2014

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