A Study to Assess the Effect of Tocilizumab + DMARD Therapy on Signs and Symptoms in Patients With Moderate to Severe Active Rheumatoid Arthritis
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This 2 arm study will compare the safety and efficacy, with regard to reduction of signs and symptoms, of tocilizumab versus placebo in combination with traditional Disease-Modifying Anti-Rheumatic Drug (DMARD) therapy in patients with moderate to severe active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) who have had an inadequate response to current DMARD therapy. Patients will be randomized to receive tocilizumab 8mg/kg iv or placebo iv every 4 weeks, in conjunction with stable DMARD therapy. The anticipated time on study treatment is 3-12 months, and the target sample size is 500+ individuals.
A Randomized, Double-blind Study of the Effect of Tocilizumab on Reduction in Signs and Symptoms in Patients With Moderate to Severe Active Rheumatoid Arthritis and Inadequate Response to DMARD Therapy
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Ages Eligible for Study:
18 Years and older (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
patients at least 18 years of age with moderate to severe active RA for at least 6 months;
inadequate response to current anti-rheumatic therapies, including 1 or more traditional DMARDs;
stable DMARD therapy for at least 8 weeks before entering study;
patients of reproductive potential must be using reliable methods of contraception.
major surgery (including joint surgery) within 8 weeks before entering study, or planned surgery within 6 months after entering study;
patients who have previously failed treatment with an anti-tumor necrosis factor agent;