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An Observational Study for the Assessment of Compliance and Persistence to Rebif� Therapy of Patients With Relapsing-remitting Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Evaluation of Potential Factors Influencing These Parameters

Information source: Merck KGaA
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Condition(s) targeted: Multiple Sclerosis, Relapsing-Remitting

Phase: N/A

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Merck KGaA

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Michalis Arvanitis, MD, Study Director, Affiliation: Merck A.E., Greece


The present study aims to assess the adherence to therapy with interferon beta-1a (Rebif) and at investigating potential factors that are involved in its outcome, in a representative sample of patients with relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), under real life conditions.

Clinical Details

Official title: A Multicentre, Non Interventional, Non Randomized, Observational Study for the Assessment of Compliance and Persistence With Rebif Therapy of Patients With Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis as Well as for the Evaluation of Potential Factors Influencing These Parameters, in Real Life Clinical Practice

Study design: Observational Model: Cohort, Time Perspective: Prospective

Primary outcome:

Assessment of subjects' compliance with physicians' instructions on the proper use of the treatment

Assessment of subjects' compliance with physicians' instructions on the proper use of the treatment after 6 months of therapy

Assessment of subjects' persistence to therapy

Secondary outcome: Assessment of the factors and their potential correlation with the defined subjects' compliance and persistence to therapy

Detailed description: In the relapsing-remitting type of the disease the objective of the therapy is the reduction of relapse rate, duration and severity, as well as the delay of transition to the progressive form of the disease. Subjects' adherence to long-term therapy of MS plays a pivotal role in the optimization of therapeutic outcome and maximization of the derived clinical benefit for the treated subjects. Rebif current formulation has been developed by assessing and refining the physicochemical characteristics of existing formulations aiming at further improving product's tolerability profile. Studies performed for the assessment of Rebif have demonstrated a 3-fold reduction in injection site reactions as well as improved overall tolerability and safety profile. This is a multicentre, prospective, non interventional, non randomized, open label study for the assessment of the adherence to therapy with Rebif of subjects with RRMS. The participating subjects shall be already on treatment with (Rebif) prior to their enrolment into the study, according to the approved Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC) and the clinical, imaging and laboratory findings of the disease, as evaluated by their treating physician, in real life clinical practice. Data will be collected retrospectively from a sample of 150 subjects' medical files and through questions that will be posed to the subjects, and prospectively during the course of the study. The total duration of the study is estimated to be 18 months. OBJECTIVES Primary objective:

- To assess the compliance and persistence with Rebif therapy in MS subjects, after six

months of therapy, in "real life" clinical settings in Greece Secondary objective:

- To investigate the potential factors influencing compliance and persistence to Rebif



Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 65 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Subjects with documented diagnosis of RRMS according to the Mc Donald criteria (2005)

- Subjects who have already been administered therapy with IFN b-1a (Rebif) according

to the approved product's Summary of Product Characteristics (SPC), at least two weeks and not longer than six weeks prior to their enrolment into the study

- Subjects of both genders, aged between 18 - 65 years (inclusive)

- Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) score < 6 (inclusive) at baseline (before

Rebif therapy initiation)

- Subjects who are able to read and understand the Patient Information Leaflet

- Subjects who have signed the Informed Consent Form

- Subjects who are willing and capable to comply will all study requirements and

procedures. Exclusion Criteria:

- Subjects that meet any of the contraindications to the administration of the study

drug according to the approved SPC

- Subjects with primary progressive or secondary progressive form of MS

- Subjects who have been treated with Rebif for less than two weeks and more than six

weeks before their enrollment into the study

- Subjects who had been receiving any therapy for MS (other disease modifying drugs,

immunomodulatory and/or immunosuppressive agents) within three months before Rebif therapy commencement

- History of any chronic pain syndrome

- Current or past (during the preceding two years) history of alcohol or drug abuse

- Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding or of childbearing potential that do not use

any medically accepted method of contraception

- Subjects who are currently participating or had participated in another clinical

trial during the last three months prior to their enrolment

Locations and Contacts

Henry Dunant Hospital - IRB, Athens 11526, Greece
Additional Information

Related publications:

Manfredonia F, Pasquali L, Dardano A, Iudice A, Murri L, Monzani F. Review of the clinical evidence for interferon beta 1a (Rebif) in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2008 Apr;4(2):321-36.

Murdoch D, Lyseng-Williamson KA. Subcutaneous recombinant interferon-beta-1a (Rebif): a review of its use in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. Drugs. 2005;65(9):1295-312. Review.

Gold R, Rieckmann P, Chang P, Abdalla J; PRISMS Study Group. The long-term safety and tolerability of high-dose interferon beta-1a in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis: 4-year data from the PRISMS study. Eur J Neurol. 2005 Aug;12(8):649-56.

Cramer JA, Cuffel BJ, Divan V, Al-Sabbagh A, Glassman M. Patient satisfaction with an injection device for multiple sclerosis treatment. Acta Neurol Scand. 2006 Mar;113(3):156-62.

Starting date: December 2009
Last updated: July 15, 2014

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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