Pilot Study of Apremilast (CC-10004) in the Treatment of Moderate to Severe Lichen Planus

2014-08-27 03:16:58 | BioPortfolio


This study is designed to demonstrate to efficacy and safety of Apremilast 20mg oral administration twice daily over 12 weeks in subjects with moderate to severe lichen planus. The hypothesis is that the subjects will achieve a significant clinical improvement in their skin disease according to a specialized physician grading scale.


This is a phase 2, single center, non-randomized, open label efficacy and safety study designed to characterize the response of Apremilast 20 mg oral administered twice daily over 12 weeks in subjects with moderate to severe lichen planus. The hypothesis and ideal primary end point will be that subjects achieve significant clinical response in cutaneous disease defined as a 2 or more grade improvement of the physician global assessment (PGA) after 12 weeks of treatment.

Many various therapies have been used to treat LP including topical and oral corticosteroids, retinoids, cyclosporine, griseofulvin, dapsone and phototherapy, but often with disappointing response.4 It is an inflammatory condition whose pathogenesis involves damage to basal keratinocytes by alloreactive T cells through the release proinflammatory cytokines, such as TNF-α and IFN-γ.1 Significantly elevated levels of such inflammatory mediators are present in tissue from LP lesions compared to normal controls.5 Based on these observations, the investigation of Apremilast, due to its ability to inhibit multiple inflammatory cytokines, for the treatment of moderate to severe LP is warranted.

The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the clinical efficacy of Apremilast in subjects with moderate to severe lichen planus after 12 weeks of treatment. Other objectives are to evaluate the safety and tolerability of Apremilast, effects on quality of life, and efficacy for mucosal disease if present.

Study Design

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Control: Uncontrolled, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment


Lichen Planus


Apremilast (CC-10004)


Virginia Clinical Research Inc.
United States


Not yet recruiting


Virginia Clinical Research, Inc.

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:16:58-0400

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