A Study of RoActemra/Actemra (Tocilizumab) in Comparison to Etanercept in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis and Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors


About this study

This randomized, open-label, parallel-group, multicenter study will evaluate the rate of cardiovascular events of RoActemra/Actemra (tocilizumab) in comparison to etanercept in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Patients will be randomized to receive 8 mg/kg RoActemra/Actemra intravenously every 4 weeks or 50 mg etane rcept subcutaneously weekly. The anticipated time on study drug is up to 5 years.

Participation eligibility

Participant eligibility includes age, gender, type and stage of disease, and previous treatments or health concerns. Guidelines differ from study to study, and identify who can or cannot participate. There is no guarantee that every individual who qualifies and wants to participate in a trial will be enrolled. Contact the study team to discuss study eligibility and potential participation.

Study closed to enrollment

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Adult patients, ≥50 years of age
  • Patients with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis ≥6 months duration
  • Inadequate response to at least one non-biologic disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD)
  • History of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) or presence of one or more additional CHD risk factors, including current cigarette smoking, hypertension, low HDL cholesterol, family history of premature CHD, diabetes, presence of extra-articular disease associated with rheumatoid arthritis

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Major surgery within 8 weeks prior to screening or planned major surgery within 1 year of study start
  • Rheumatic autoimmune disease other than rheumatoid arthritis
  • History of, or current, inflammatory joint disease other than rheumatoid arthritis
  • Current or recent (within past 3 months) evidence of serious uncontrolled concomitant cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease (Myocardial infarction, revascularization, stroke, transient ischaemic attack, or acute coronary syndrome)
  • History of diverticulitis, diverticulosis requiring treatment or other lower gastrointestinal tract conditions that might predispose to perforations
  • Active current infection or history of recurrent bacterial infection
  • Previous treatment with tocilizumab or etanercept

Participating Mayo Clinic locations

Study statuses change often. Please contact the study team for the most up-to-date information regarding possible participation.

Mayo Clinic Location Status

Rochester, Minn.

Mayo Clinic principal investigator

John Davis, M.D.

Closed for enrollment

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