Institutional Review Board, Hospital for Special Surgery
March 28, 2014
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Jessica K. Gordon, MD
Lindsay Lally, MD
Nina Paddu, BA
Daniele Lerner, BA
Uzunma Udeh, BA
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and safety of belimumab, in combination with azathioprine, for the maintenance of remission following a standard induction regimen in patients with Wegener's granulomatosis or microscopic polyangiitis. The random assignment in this study is "1 to 1" which means that participants have an equal chance of receiving belimumab or placebo. This is a multicenter study. The target enrollment across all sites is 400. At this site, we expect to enroll 8-10 patients. The study will be approximately 3 years in length
• Clinical diagnosis Wegener's granulomatosis or microscopic polyangiitis by Chapel Hill criteria
• Disease flare in the past 26 weeks requiring treatment with high dose corticosteroids and 1 of the following medications: rituximab, oral cyclophosphamide OR IV cyclophosphamide
• Tested positive for anti-proteinase 3 (anti-PR3) or anti-myeloperoxidase (anti-MPO) antibodies at any time prior to enrollment
• Achieve remission no more than 26 weeks after first dose of induction treatment. Remission is defined as a Birmingham Vasculitis Activity (BVAS) score of 0 and receiving less than 10 mg/day of oral prednisone (or equivalent) on 2 consecutive visits 21 to 35 days apart
• Maintenance therapy on this study must start no more than 2 weeks after confirmation of remission
• Pregnant or nursing
• Receipt of a B cell targeted therapy (other than rituximab) at anytime
• Receipt of an investigational biological agent within the past 60 days
• Required management of acute or chronic infections within the past 60 days
• Current drug or alcohol abuse or dependence
• Current or past positive test for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B, or hepatitis C
• History of severe allergic reaction to contrast agents or biological medicines