- Ages Eligible for Study
- 18 years and up
- Genders Eligible for Study
Rheumatoid arthritis, RA, and Active rheumatoid arthritis
- Baylor Research Institute
- Must be able to adhere to the study visit schedule and other protocol requirements
- documented rheumatoid arthritis (RA) diagnosis by the 1987 American College of
Rheumatology (ACR) criteria for at least 6 months
- disease duration 6 or more months (from symptom onset)
- failed 1 or more DMARD
- active RA despite current DMARD therapy; active disease defined as 4 or more tender
and 4 or more swollen joints (out of 28 joints examined) and any one of the
- ESR 28 or higher mm/hr;
- CRP 1.0 or more mg/dl;
- Morning stiffness 45 or more minutes.
- Patients receiving DMARD or biologic therapy must undergo a drug washout.
- Patients receiving a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) and/or prednisone
(10 or less mg day) must be on stable doses of these agents for more than 2 weeks.
- Must meet laboratory criteria as specified in the protocol
- Females of childbearing potential (FCBP) must have a negative urine pregnancy test at
screening and must adhere to adequate forms of contraception as defined in the
protocol. Must agree to pregnancy tests every 28 days while on study medication.
- Males (including those who have had a vasectomy) must agree to use barrier
contraception (latex condoms) when engaging in sexual activity with FCBP while on
study medication and for 28 days after taking the last dose of study medication
- Inability to provide voluntary consent
- History of any clinically significant cardiac, endocrinologic, pulmonary, neurologic,
psychiatric, hepatic, renal, hematologic, neurologic, gastrointestinal, immunologic,
or other major diseases
- Any condition, including the presence of laboratory abnormalities, which places the
subject at unacceptable risk if he/she were to participate in the study or confounds
the ability to interpret data from the study
- Pregnant or breastfeeding female
- Systemic fungal infection
- Active tuberculosis (TB) or a history of incompletely treated tuberculosis.
- History of recurrent bacterial infection (at least 3 major infections resulting in
hospitalization and/or requiring intravenous antibiotic treatment within the past 2
- Clinically significant abnormality on the chest x-ray (CXR) at screening. Chest
x-rays performed within 3 months prior to start of study drug are acceptable.
- Use of any investigational medication within 28 days prior to randomization or 5
half-lives if known (whichever is longer)
- Any clinically significant abnormality on 12-lead ECG at screening
- History of congenital or acquired immunodeficiency (eg, Common Variable
- History of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection
- Presence of hepatitis B surface antigens (HBsAg) or Hepatitis core antibody positive
- Antibodies to Hepatitis C virus at screening
- History of malignancy within 5 years prior to the screening visit (except for treated
[i.e. cured] basal cell skin carcinomas and treated [i.e. cured] carcinoma in situ of
- currently on DMARD therapy
- currently taking biologics
- treated with rituximab in the last 6 months
- Recent hospitalization (last 3 months)
- Planned pregnancy or major surgery
The purpose of this study is to compare the effects of apremilast with a placebo (an inactive substance that looks like apremilast) on you and other people with rheumatoid arthritis. The investigators will be collecting information in this study to help us determine - - the safety of apremilast in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis - how long it takes for patients with active rheumatoid arthritis to respond to apremilast - how long the effects of apremilast last after the treatment has ended.
Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01250548