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Long-Term One Year Use of Alefacept (Amevive�) in Moderate to Severe Chronic Plaque Type Psoriasis

Information source: Wake Forest School of Medicine
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Condition(s) targeted: Psoriasis

Intervention: Alefacept (Drug)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Wake Forest School of Medicine

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Steven Feldman, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Wake Forest School of Medicine


The purpose of this research study is to see how well the medication Alefacept (Amevive) works for continuous treatment of chronic plaque psoriasis. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Alefacept in an intermittent dosage schedule of 15 mg weekly injection for 12 weeks followed by 12 weeks off treatment.

Clinical Details

Official title: Long-Term One Year Use of Alefacept (Amevive) in Moderate to Severe Chronic Plaque Type Psoriasis

Study design: Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: Efficacy of Continuous Use of Alefacept as Defined as a 75% Reduction in Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI)

Secondary outcome: Safety of Alefacept Using CD4 Counts and Adverse Event Reporting

Detailed description: To estimate the efficacy of continuous use of alefacept (15mg IM/week) in the treatment of moderate to severe chronic plaque type psoriasis as defined as Investigator Global Assessment (IGA) of 0 or 1 (clear or almost clear) or as a 75% reduction in Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI).


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Must give written informed consent.

- Subjects must be 18 years of age or older.

- Subject must be adult males or non-pregnant, non-lactating females.

- Female subjects of childbearing potential must state that they are using measures to

avoid conception through active means including hormone replacement, intrauterine device, or abstinence.

- Subjects must be in general good health with no other skin disease, disease state or

physical condition which would impair evaluation of psoriasis or which would increase their health risk by study participation.

- Subjects must be willing to receive an IM injection per protocol for 1 year.

- Must require systemic therapy or phototherapy for their psoriasis, as determined by

the investigator prior to Visit 1. Objectively this equates to Inclusion criteria of either:

- IGA≥3 on a 0-5 scale and BSA≥10%

- PASI ≥12

- Subjects may not be taking any other systemic therapies or receiving

phototherapy during the duration of the study. Subjects are required a 4 week washout period from any systemic medication or phototherapy prior to enrolling in the study and starting treatment with alefacept.

- There is no washout for topical corticosteroid medications. Stable dosing of

topical corticosteroids may be used up until the first dosing visit. Exclusion Criteria:

- Female subjects who are not postmenopausal for at least 1 year, surgically sterile,

or willing to practice effective contraception during the study. Nursing mothers, pregnant women and women planning to become pregnant while on study are to be excluded.

- Subjects have guttate, pustular, erythrodermic or rapidly flaring psoriasis.

- Current enrollment in any research study.

- Serious local infection (e. g., cellulitis, abscess) or systemic infection (e. g.,

pneumonia, septicemia) within the 3 months prior to the first dose of investigational drug.

- Any subject who has a CD4<250 cells/µL at study entry.

- Treatment with another investigational drug or approved therapy within 28 days prior

to study drug administration.

- Treatment with systemic retinoids, systemic steroids, methotrexate, cyclosporine,

azathioprine, thioguanine, etanercept, efalizumab, infliximab, adalimumab or mofetil or other systemic immunosuppressant agents within the 28 days prior to investigational drug administration.

- Phototherapy, including Ultraviolet B (UVB) and Psoralen + Ultraviolet A (PUVA),

within 28 days prior to investigational drug administration.

- Known HIV+, known viral Hepatitis infection, known tuberculosis infection.

- History of systemic malignancy.

Locations and Contacts

Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Winston Salem, North Carolina 27157, United States
Additional Information

Starting date: May 2008
Last updated: December 19, 2012

Page last updated: August 20, 2015

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