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Clinical 15 Months Study Comparing Monthly Pulse ACTH (Acthar Gel) Therapy With Monthly Methylprednisolone (MP, Solumedrol) for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Patients Who Are on Regular Beta-interferons (Avonex, Betaseron or Rebif)

2014-08-27 03:16:39 | BioPortfolio

Summary

We hypothesize that corticotropin or adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH), administered as Acthar Gel® (MANUFACTURER NAME) is effective in the control of clinical disease activity as a pulse therapy for relapsing-remitting MS when added to standard treatment with beta-interferon.

We wish to determine whether ACTH, when administered as clustered monthly intramuscular injections (monthly pulse therapy) as add-on to beta-interferons, may be a safe and effective alternative to monthly pulse therapy with MP. In addition, we hypothesize that pulse therapy with ACTH alters immune function to favor a regulatory, rather than a pro-inflammatory T cell environment.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Multiple Sclerosis

Intervention

ACTH, Methylprednisolone

Location

USC MS Comprehensive Care Center
Los Angeles
California
United States
90033

Status

Recruiting

Source

University of Southern California

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:16:39-0400

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