Comparison of Methotrexate vs Placebo in Steroid-Refractory Ulcerative Colitis (METEOR)

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified January 2008 by Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Besancon.
Recruitment status was  Recruiting
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Information provided by:
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Besancon
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00498589
First received: July 9, 2007
Last updated: January 11, 2008
Last verified: January 2008
  Purpose
  • PHASE: II
  • TYPE OF STUDY : With direct benefit
  • DESCRIPTIVE: Multicenter, randomized, double-blind study
  • INCLUSION CRITERIA: Steroid-dependent ulcerative colitis
  • OBJECTIVES: To show superiority of methotrexate vs placebo in inducing steroid-free remission in steroid-dependent ulcerative colitis
  • STUDY TREATMENTS: Methotrexate 1 intramuscular injection (25 mg) per week Placebo 1 intramuscular injection per week
  • NUMBERS OF PATIENTS: 55 patients in each group, i.e. a total of 110 patients
  • INCLUSION PERIOD: 24 months
  • STUDY DURATION: 36 months
  • EVALUATION CRITERIA: Remission without steroids within at 16 and 24 weeks of treatment.

Condition Intervention Phase
Endoscopic Colorectal Lesions
Drug: methotrexate
Drug: placebo
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 Controlled, Randomised, Double-Blind, Multicenter Study, Comparing Methotrexate vs Placebo in Steroid-Refractory Ulcerative Colitis

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Further study details as provided by Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Besancon:

Estimated Enrollment: 110
Study Start Date: September 2007
Estimated Primary Completion Date: November 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: 1 Drug: methotrexate
one methotrexate 25 mg intramuscular per week
Placebo Comparator: 2 Drug: placebo
one intramuscular injection per week

Detailed Description:

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that slightly reduces life expectancy, strongly reduces its quality and can lead to serious complications such as acute colitis, dysplasia and colon cancer. About 40'000 patients are affected in France Among them, 15% suffer from a chronic active form that often leads to an extended steroid therapy, and its known side effects. Azathioprine has already proven its efficacy in this indication but brings a lasting remission without steroid in only 41% of the patients (1-4). What are the medications available for the patients who failed in maintaining a remission with azathioprine ? Cyclosporin is designed for severe or steroid-resistant forms. (5). The results of two recent studies have showed that infliximab is more efficacious than placebo in active UC (6, 7). Infliximab is expensive, its efficacy in steroid-dependent UC has not been specifically tested yet, and its tolerance on the long term remains uncertain. Methotrexate proved its efficacy in Crohn's disease with an intramuscular dose of 25mg/week (8). In UC a controlled trial has been negative with an oral dose of 12.5mg/week (9). Another study compared mercaptopurine, methotrexate (15mg/week) and 5-aminosalicylate in 72 steroid-dependent patients with CD or UC (10). The remission rates obtained were 58% after 30 weeks with methotrexate (not significantly different from 5-ASA) and 14% after 106 weeks (not significantly different from 5-ASA). Few data are available on the efficacy of methotrexate in UC, at a dose which is active in Crohn's disease (25mg intramuscular/week). Several uncontrolled series have been published, including 91 patients whose remission failed under azathioprine.

Methotrexate is cheap and its patent has fallen in the public domain. Only institutional research will be able to finance a study in this new indication.

This is a prospective, controlled, randomized, double-blind study of methotrexate with an intramuscular dose of 25mg/week vs placebo in patients with steroid-dependent UC.

This multicenter study will take place under the aegis of the Therapeutic Study Group for Inflammatory Digestive Diseases (G.E.T.A.I.D.) and with the help of the gastroenterologists network of the CIC. The issue of this study is important. If the hypothesis is borne out, a cheap, efficacious medication will be available for chronic active UC.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • UC diagnosed according to the Lennard-Jones criteria (Appendix 1) with endoscopic colorectal lesions, whatever their extension may be
  • A Mayo Disease Activity Index £ 4, with no item >1 for the clinical part of the score and from 0 to 2 for the endoscopic part at the time of inclusion
  • Steroid-dependence defined by at least 1 unsuccessful attempt to stop systemic steroid therapy during the last 12 weeks. Steroid therapy might have been completely stopped if it has been restarted within the last 30 days
  • To be receiving a treatment of prednisone at a dose between 10 and 40mg, stable for at least 2 weeks at the time of inclusion
  • Under an adequate contraception for male or female subjects of childbearing potential

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Indication to a colectomy.
  • Alcoholism (more than 21 glasses per week for male subjects and 14 glasses per week for female subjects). 1 glass corresponds to 3 cl of strong alcohol, 10 cl glass of wine or a half pint of beer.
  • Pregnant or breast-feeding female subjects.
  • No efficacious contraception.
  • NSAIDS or cotrimoxazole intake upon inclusion, or probenecid intake within 1 month prior to inclusion.
  • Anti-TNFa treatment within 2 months prior to inclusion.
  • Azathioprine, mercaptopurine, cyclosporin or thalidomide within 1 month prior to inclusion.
  • Modification of mesalazine or olsalazine dosage within 1 month prior to inclusion.
  • Chronic (broncho) pneumopathy.
  • Renal failure (creatinaemia > upper limit of normal laboratory values limit).
  • Liver disease apart from primary sclerosing cholangitis.
  • Unexplained rise higher than twice the normal level for transaminases, alkaline phosphatases and/or bilirubin.
  • Folate level < normal level.
  • Past history of malignant condition (including leukaemia, lymphoma and myelodysplasia) except for baso-cellular cutaneous cancers.
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Contacts
Contact: Franck Carbonnel, Pr 00 33 3 81 66 82 53 fcarbonnel@chu-besancon.fr

Locations
France
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Besançon Recruiting
Besançon, France, 25000
Contact: Franck Carbonnel, Pr    0391219312 ext 0033    fcarbonnel@chu-besancon.fr   
Sponsors and Collaborators
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Besancon
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Franck Carbonnel CHU Besançon
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Franck Carbonnel, CHU Besançon
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00498589     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: N/2005/45
Study First Received: July 9, 2007
Last Updated: January 11, 2008
Health Authority: France: Afssaps - Agence française de sécurité sanitaire des produits de santé (Saint-Denis)

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Colitis
Colitis, Ulcerative
Gastroenteritis
Gastrointestinal Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Colonic Diseases
Intestinal Diseases
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
Methotrexate
Abortifacient Agents, Nonsteroidal
Abortifacient Agents
Reproductive Control Agents
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Pharmacologic Actions
Therapeutic Uses
Antimetabolites, Antineoplastic
Antimetabolites
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Dermatologic Agents
Enzyme Inhibitors
Folic Acid Antagonists
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Antirheumatic Agents
Nucleic Acid Synthesis Inhibitors

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