Effect of Topical Calcipotriene/Betamethasone (Taclonex) in Managing Localized Breakthrough in Moderate to Severe Plaque Psoriasis in Patients Receiving Efalizumab (Raptiva)
The purpose of this study is to determine if calcipotriene/bethamethasone can safely and effectively manage the occurence of LMB (mild localized breakthrough) in patients recieving efalizumab (Raptiva) for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis.
It is hypothesized that calcipotriene/betamethasone (Taclonex) could be used to manage LMB and thus allow patients to continue efalizumab without interruption.
|Study Design:||Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Effect of Topical Calcipotriene/Betamethasone (Taclonex) in Managing Localized Mild Breakthrough in Moderate to Severe Plaque Psoriasis Patients Receiving Efalizumab ( Raptiva).|
- The Proportion of Subjects Who Acheive a Score of Clear (0) or Almost Clear (1) on the PGA of LMB at Week 2 [ Time Frame: week 2 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||January 2008|
|Study Completion Date:||February 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||February 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
LMB (localized mild breakthrough)is one of two psoriasis adverse events commonly seen in efalizumab treated patients. It is generally papular in nature and does not involve existing lesions. Clinical experience suggests that LMB may not have a clinical impact in patients responding to efalizumab and therefore may be treated without interrupting efalizumab therapy. To relieve discomfort topical therapy may be indicated until the symptoms are resolved.
This is a single arm, open label study. Fifteen patients who are receiving efalizumab before entrance into this study and who develop LMB wil be enrolled. Topical calcipotriene/betamethasone (Taclonex) will be applied to the areas (except face, axillae or groin) once a day for two weeks. The PI may choose to continue two more weeks if needed for a total of four weeks of therapy. All patients will continue with efalizumab without dose modification for the duration of the study. Patients will return for follow up visits at weeks 2, 4 and 6. Topical desonide may be used for LMB involvement of the face, groin or axillae.
|United States, Kentucky|
|Louisville, Kentucky, United States, 40217|
|Principal Investigator:||Leon H Kircik, M.D.||DermResearch, PLLC|