The Colitis Once Daily Asacol Study

2014-08-27 03:29:21 | BioPortfolio


The purpose of this study is to compare the safety and effectiveness of dosing mesalazine 800 mg tablets (Asacol®) at 2.4 g once daily versus divided doses three times daily in the maintenance of remission of ulcerative colitis.


Study design

- Multicentre, randomized, single-blind, comparator-controlled, parallel-armed study

- One year follow-up, or until relapse (whichever shorter)

- 40-60 UK centres

Subject population

- Ulcerative colitis in remission (sigmoidoscopy score of 0 or 1 with no symptoms of active disease, with no treatment for active colitis) for at least 4 weeks, and for no more than 2 years

- Taking mesalazine or sulfasalazine prior to study entry

- Patients excluded if they have Crohn's disease, symptoms of active colitis, have used corticosteroids, ciclosporin or oral/enema mesalazine in the past 4 weeks, are intolerant to mesalazine or Asacol, are pregnant or lactating, or have known HIV, hepatic disease, renal impairment or other serious medical or psychiatric illness

- Sample size 250

- Gender: male or female

- Ethnicity: no restriction

- Age: over 18

Test Product

Once daily group: Asacol® 2.4g daily given as three 800mg tablets orally qAM

Three times daily group: Asacol® 2.4g daily given as one 800mg tablet orally three times daily

Criteria for Evaluation:

Primary Outcome Variable: Relapse rate over 1 year in the intention to treat population, with the study powered to detect non-inferiority of the once-daily regimen.

Secondary Outcome Variables: assessment of superiority of the once-daily regimen, if non-inferiority is demonstrated; safety analysis; per protocol analysis of relapse rate; time course of relapse; medication compliance; changes in modified Baron sigmoidoscopy scores between trial entry and relapse/12 month; impact of various factors on relapse rate (time from last relapse at study entry, concomitant azathioprine or 6-mercaptopurine therapy; disease extent; disease duration; smoking status; age at diagnosis; previous dose of mesalazine; baseline calprotectin; baseline CRP level).

Study Design

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


Ulcerative Colitis


mesalazine (Asacol®)


Barnsley District General Hospital
United Kingdom


Active, not recruiting


Cardiff and Vale University Health Board

Results (where available)

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