A Multicenter, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Parallel Group Study of CNTO 136 (Sirukumab), a Human Anti-IL-6 Monoclonal Antibody, Administered Subcutaneously, in Subjects With Active Rheumatoid Arthritis Despite Anti-TNF-Alpha Therapy
Trial status: Open for Enrollment
Why is this study being done?
Patients will be randomly assigned to treatment groups, and they and study personnel will not know the identity of the treatments given. Some patients will receive a placebo, which resembles a medication, but does not contain an active substance. This helps to determine if the study agent is effective. Patients will receive placebo or sirukumab by injection under the skin. The expected duration of the study is 68 weeks, which includes 52 weeks of treatment. Participants who complete participation in the study will be eligible for inclusion into the long term extension study if enrollment at a participating site is available to them. If they do not participate in the long-term study, they will continue into the safety follow-up for approximately 16 weeks. The placebo-controlled portion of the study is through Week 24, when placebo patients will cross over to one of two sirukumab dose regimens. Patient safety will be monitored throughout the study.
Who is eligible to participate?
- Have a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) for at least 3 months before screening
- Have moderately to severely active RA with at least 4 of 68 tender joints and 4 of 66 swollen joints, at screening and at baseline
- Have had anti-tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-alpha therapy and were unresponsive by 1 of the following 2 reasons: Lack of benefit to at least 1 anti-TNF-alpha biologic therapy, as assessed by the treating physician, after at least 12 weeks of etanercept, yisaipu, adalimumab, golimumab, or certolizumab pegol therapy and/or at least a 14-week dosage regimen (ie, at least 4 doses) of infliximab; Intolerance to at least 2 anti-TNF-alpha biologic therapies, as assessed by the treating physician, to etanercept, yisaipu, adalimumab, golimumab, certolizumab pegol, or infliximab or have documented intolerance to an anti-TNF-alpha agent as described above that precludes further administration of anti-TNF-alpha agents
- If using oral corticosteroids, must be on a stable dose equivalent to less than or equal to 10 mg/day of prednisone for at least 2 weeks prior to the first administration of study agent. If currently not using corticosteroids, must not have received oral corticosteroids for at least 2 weeks prior to the first administration of study agent
- If using non nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAIDs) or other analgesics for RA, must be on a stable dose for at least 2 weeks prior to the first administration of study agent
- If using non-biologic disease modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) such as methotrexate (MTX), sulfasalazine (SSZ), hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine, or bucillamine, must be on a stable dose for at least 4 weeks prior to the first administration of study agent and should have no serious toxic side effects attributable to the DMARD
- C-reactive protein (CRP) 8.00 mg/L or more or erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) 28 mm/hr or more at screening
- Has received infliximab, infliximab biosimilar, or golimumab intravenous (IV) within 8 weeks of the first study agent administration
- Has received subcutaneously (SC) golimumab, adalimumab, or certolizumab pegol within 6 weeks of the first study agent administration
- Has received etanercept or yisaipu within 4 weeks of the first study agent administration
- Has a history of intolerance to tocilizumab that precluded further treatment with it, or inadequate response to 3 months of tocilizumab (anti-IL-6 receptor) therapy. Has used tocilizumab within 8 weeks of the first study agent administration
- Has used B-cell-depleting therapy (eg, rituximab) within 7 months of first study agent administration or have evidence during screening of abnormally low B-cell level caused by previous B-cell depletion therapy
- Has used anakinra within 1 week of first study agent administration
- Has used abatacept or any other biologic therapy for the treatment of RA within 8 weeks of the first study agent administration
- Has received intra-articular (IA), intramuscular (IM), or IV corticosteroids for RA, including adrenocorticotrophic hormone during the 4 weeks prior to first study agent administration
- Has received leflunomide within 24 months before the first study agent administration and has not undergone a drug elimination procedure, unless the M1 metabolite is measured and is undetectable
- Has a history of cyclophosphamide or cytotoxic agent use
- Has received cyclosporine A, azathioprine, tacrolimus, mycophenolate mofetil, oral or parenteral gold, or D-penicillamine within 4 weeks of the first study agent administration
- Has received an investigational drug (including investigational vaccines) or used an investigational medical device within 3 months or 5 half-lives, whichever is longer, before the first study agent administration