Open-label Trial of Acthar Gel in Subjects With Moderate to Severe Active Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (ACTH)

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Fiechtner, Justus J., M.D., P.C.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01769937
First received: January 15, 2013
Last updated: July 22, 2013
Last verified: July 2013
  Purpose

Systemic lupus erythematosus is a serious and potentially life-threatening condition with significant unmet medical need. The aim of this Investigator Initiated, single center, open-label study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of a daily subcutaneously (SQ) injection of H.P. Acthar Gel for 10 days with an optional 5 day rescue period for non-responders after day 10 dose. The primary objective of this study is to evaluate whether the addition of H.P. Acthar Gel to standard treatment of lupus will ameliorate the intensity of flares as measured by changes in SLEDAI score, Patient and Physician global assessments.


Condition Intervention Phase
Lupus Erythematosus Systemic Exacerbation
Drug: H.P. Acthar Gel
Phase 4

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Single-site, Investigator Initiated Open-Label Trial of H.P. Acthar Gel (Repository Corticotropin Injection)an Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH) Analogue in Subjects With Moderately to Severely Active Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

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Further study details as provided by Fiechtner, Justus J., M.D., P.C.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • SLEDAI-2K score [ Time Frame: 14 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The primary objective of this study is to evaluate whether the addition of H.P. Acthar Gel to standard treatment of lupus will ameliorate the intensity of flares as measured by changes in SLEDAI score, Patient and Physician global assessments.


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • BILAG-2004 [ Time Frame: 14 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    To evaluate any changes to the subjects BILAG scores and markers of inflammation, e.g. ESR and/or CRP.


Other Outcome Measures:
  • Fatigue (FACIT-FATIGUE) [ Time Frame: 14 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    This study will investigate the effects of Acthar on other endpoints such as Fatigue (FACIT-FATIGUE), Lupus Quality of Life (LupusQoL), and painful, swollen and tender joint counts


Enrollment: 10
Study Start Date: October 2012
Study Completion Date: April 2013
Primary Completion Date: April 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: H.P. Acthar Gel SQ injection
Patients will administer single dose (80 units) of Acthar subcutaneously every day for 10 days (with a possible 5 day dosing rescue).
Drug: H.P. Acthar Gel
Open-label H.P. Acthar Gel given subcutaneous injection once daily for 10 days with potential for additional 5 days of dosing
Other Name: ACTH

Detailed Description:

This is a Phase 4 Open-label Study to Evaluate the Treatment of Lupus Flares with H.P. Acthar Gel.

The primary objective is to evaluate whether the addition of H.P. Acthar Gel to standard treatment of lupus will ameliorate the intensity of flares as measured by changes in SLEDAI score, Patient and Physician global assessments.

The secondary objective is to evaluate any changes to the subjects BILAG scores and markers of inflammation, e.g. ESR and/or CRP.

The Exploratory objective will determine the feasibility of a long-term double-blind study using H.P. Acthar Gel versus other usual treatments for lupus.

  Eligibility

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

Inclusion Criteria:

Subjects must meet all of the following criteria:

  1. In the opinion of the investigator, must have adequate reading and writing abilities (in their native language) such that the subject can comprehend and complete the informed consent, and all protocol-related assessments
  2. Age 18-75 years at the time of screening
  3. Written informed consent and any locally required authorization (eg. HIPAA) obtained from the subject prior to performing any protocol-related procedures, including screening evaluations
  4. Fulfills at least 4 of the 11 American College of Rheumatology (ACR) classification criteria for SLE, including a history of ANA positivity
  5. Diagnosis of pediatric or adult SLE with chronic disease activity requiring ongoing treatment or observation for > 8 weeks prior to screening.
  6. Currently receiving at least one of the following:

    1. A stable dose of oral prednisone (or equivalent) < 20mg/day from at least 4weeks (28 days) prior to signing of the informed consent
    2. Any of the following medications administered at a stable dose for a minimum of 8 weeks (56 days) prior to signing of the informed consent form

    i) Azathioprine ii) Antimalarials (eg. Chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, quinacrine) iii) Mycophenolate mofetil/mycophenolic acid iv) Weekly administration of oral or SQ Methotrexate

  7. At screening and randomization (Day 0) must meet SLE Flare criteria
  8. Females of childbearing potential must use an effective method of birth control and avoid pregnancy from screening through 90 days after the final dose of Acthar unless surgically sterile (i.e. bilateral tubal ligation, bilateral oophorectomy, or complete hysterectomy), has a sterile male partner, is 1 year postmenopausal, or practices abstinence.

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Exclusion Criteria:

Any of the following would exclude the subject from participation in the study:

  1. Any condition that, in the opinion of the investigator, would interfere with evaluation of the investigational product or confound interpretation of subject safety or study results
  2. Concurrent enrollment in any other clinical study with an investigational product with 4 weeks (28 days) prior to Day 0 or within 5 half-lives of the investigational product used in that clinical study, whichever is longer
  3. Employees of the clinical study site or any other individuals involved with the conduct of the study or immediate family members of such individuals
  4. Any new oral prednisone therapy (or equivalent) or any change in current oral prednisone dose (or equivalent) anytime from 4 weeks (28 days) prior to signing of the informed consent
  5. A known history of allergy or reaction to any component of the investigational product
  6. Any live or attenuated vaccine within 4 weeks (28 days) prior to signing the informed consent form (administration of killed vaccines is acceptable)
  7. Diagnosis of scleroderma, osteoporosis, fungal infections, ocular herpes simplex, surgery within the past 4 weeks (28 days) or planned surgery within the next 4 weeks (28 days)
  8. History of or presence of peptic ulcer, congestive heart failure, uncontrolled hypertension, primary adrenocortical insufficiency or adrenocortical hyperfunction or sensitivity to proteins of porcine origin
  9. Known history of a primary immunodeficiency or an underlying condition such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection or splenectomy that predisposes the subject to infection
  10. History of any type of malignancy <5 years before randomization into the study (apart from basal cell carcinoma)
  11. Receipt of more than one prescribed NSAID at an anti-inflammatory dose with 4 weeks (28 days) prior to Day 0

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  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01769937

Locations
United States, Michigan
Justus J. Fiechtner
Lansing, Michigan, United States, 48910
Sponsors and Collaborators
Fiechtner, Justus J., M.D., P.C.
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Justus J Fiechtner, MD, MPH Justus J. Fiechtner, MD, PC
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Fiechtner, Justus J., M.D., P.C., President
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01769937     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 11191966
Study First Received: January 15, 2013
Last Updated: July 22, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Fiechtner, Justus J., M.D., P.C.:
Lupus
SLE
ACTH
Acthar

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lupus Erythematosus, Systemic
Connective Tissue Diseases
Autoimmune Diseases
Immune System Diseases
Adrenocorticotropic Hormone
Beta-Endorphin
Hormones
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Pharmacologic Actions
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action

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