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A Combination Trial of Copaxone Plus Estriol in Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS)

2014-08-27 03:39:30 | BioPortfolio

Summary

This is a double-blinded, placebo controlled study of estriol pills versus placebo pills in relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. The study treatment will be an added on to Copaxone injections in all subjects. The primary outcome measure is a reduction in relapses.

Description

Multiple sclerosis (MS) relapses are known to be significantly decreased during pregnancy. This proposal will establish whether oral treatment with estriol, the major estrogen of pregnancy, induces a decrease in relapses in relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) subjects when used in combination with injectable Copaxone. Previously, in a pilot study, it has been demonstrated that treatment of RRMS subjects with oral estriol for six months resulted in a significant reduction in gadolinium enhancing lesions on serial brain MRIs (Annals of Neurology, 2002; 52:421-428) and caused a favorable shift in immune responses (Journal of Immunology, 2003; 171:6267-6274). This is an add-on study aiming to extend these previous findings by treating longer and focusing on clinical outcomes. The combination of Copaxone injection plus estriol pill (8 mg per day) will be compared to Copaxone injection plus placebo pill in a double blind trial. The duration of treatment will be two years and the primary outcome measure will be relapse rate. Secondary outcomes will include disability measures (MSFC, EDSS, Quality of Life, Fatigue and Depression testing) and a surrogate marker for disability (cerebral MRI for whole brain volume, gray matter atrophy and T1 holes). Safety measures (blood tests and gynecologic evaluations) will also be followed. The overall goal of this study will be the development of an oral anti-inflammatory treatment, estriol, for RRMS.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Relapsing Remitting Multiple Sclerosis

Intervention

Estriol, Placebo

Location

Mayo Clinic
Scottsdale
Arizona
United States
85259

Status

Recruiting

Source

University of California, Los Angeles

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:39:30-0400

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A form of multiple sclerosis characterized by a progressive deterioration in neurologic function which is in contrast to the more typical relapsing remitting form. If the clinical course is free of distinct remissions, it is referred to as primary progressive multiple sclerosis. When the progressive decline is punctuated by acute exacerbations, it is referred to as progressive relapsing multiple sclerosis. The term secondary progressive multiple sclerosis is used when relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis evolves into the chronic progressive form. (From Ann Neurol 1994;36 Suppl:S73-S79; Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, pp903-914)

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