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Safety and Efficacy of Avonex in Subjects With Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP)

Information source: Biogen
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Condition(s) targeted: Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy

Intervention: Interferon Beta-1a (Drug)

Phase: Phase 2

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: Biogen

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
Allan Ropper, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: Tufts University School of Medicine, St. Elizabeth's Medical Center
Kate Dawson, MD, Study Director, Affiliation: Biogen


The purpose of this study is to determine whether AVONEX (Interferon Beta-1a), when compared to placebo, reduces the total dose of IVIg that is administered after Visit 5 and through Visit 9 (Week 32, End of Study).

Clinical Details

Official title: A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Dose-Ranging Study to Determine the Safety and Efficacy of AVONEX When Used in Subjects With Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP)

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double-Blind, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Primary outcome: The primary endpoint for the efficacy analyses is the total IVIg dose (g/Kg) administered after Visit 5 and through Visit 9 (Week 32, End of Study).

Secondary outcome:

The time to disease progression.

Percentage reduction in IVIg dose (g/Kg).

The number of days between Visit 5 and either disease progression or Visit 9

(Week 32, End of Study).

The proportion of subjects with disease progression at Visit 9 (Week 32, End of Study).

The change in MRC sum score from baseline to the time of IVIg withdrawal.

Change from baseline to Visit 5 and to Visit 9 (Week 32, End of Study) in a composite score of maximal conduction velocity.

Detailed description: Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyradiculoneuropathy (CIDP) is an acquired peripheral neuropathy of unknown origin. The etiology is not well understood but is presumed to be immunological. Evidence for this comes from observed similarities to Guillain-Barre syndrome and from the favorable response with immunomodulatory treatments. CIDP is a peripheral nervous system demyelinating neuropathy that is sometimes a corollary disorder to the central nervous system demyelination of multiple sclerosis (MS. The precise mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis are uncertain, but a number of those mechanisms support a potential role for immunomodulatory treatments such as interferon beta (e. g., Biogen Idec Inc.'s AVONEX). The rationale for the use of AVONEX in CIDP derives from observations on the pathogenesis of the condition and its similarities to MS, the mechanism of action of AVONEX, clinical trials that have been performed in CIDP that support a role for IFN-beta, and the unmet need that currently exists because of availability and safety issues with existing therapies. This Phase 2b study is a dose-ranging study designed to provide scientific evidence regarding the safety and efficacy of AVONEX in CIDP. In addition, the study aims to demonstrate the responsiveness and clinical relevance of changes in the MRC sum score and ODSS in CIDP patients.


Minimum age: 18 Years. Maximum age: 75 Years. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Written informed consent prior to any testing under this protocol

- Must be between 18 and 75 years of age

- Have a diagnosis of CIDP as determined by a board-certified or board-eligible

neurologist, or equivalent, for at least 6 months, including fulfilling modified INCAT neurophysiological criteria for CIDP,CIDP motor deficit responsive to IVIg and alternative EP data that justifies subject inclusion, and/or supportive pathologic or laboratory data that supports the diagnosis of CIDP

- Documentation in the medical record prior to screening that the CIDP had been

associated with loss of muscle strength, such that the MRC sum score was less than or equal to 58.

- Documentation in the medical record that the patient benefited fom IVIg treatment

(patient had a 2-point change or equivalent in 60-point MRC sum score)

- Tested for IgM monoclonal gammopathy and found to have tested negative for IgM

monoclonal gammopathy or if positive for IgM monoclonal gammopathy, then are MAG antibody-negative and proven to be IVI g responsive per protocol.

- Must have been clinically stable while on a constant regimen of IVIg (every 2-weeks,

3-weeks, 4-weeks or 5-weeks) in the 3 months prior to screening. Exclusion Criteria*:

- Associated systemic disorder that might cause neuropathy.

- History of, or abnormal laboratory results indicative of any significant major

disease or known drug hypersensitivity that, in the opinion of the investigator, would preclude the administration if IFN-beta or participation in this study.

- Subjects with diabetes mellitus will not be eligible, unless they satisfy both of the

following requirements: a) their diabetes is well-controlled, with no retinopathy or nephropathy, having been identified during the ongoing care of their diabetes; and b) they have a normal sensory nerve action potential (SNAP) amplitude recorded in the sural nerve on at least one side of the body identified during electrophysiology (EP) testing documented in their medical record.

- Abnormal screening or baseline blood tests that the investigator deems clinically


- History of a seizure disorder prior to baseline (Visit 1, Week 0).

- History of suicidal ideation within 3 months prior to Baseline Visit (Week 0) or an

episode of severe depression within 3 months prior to Baseline Visit (Week 0).

- Pure motor syndrome fulfilling criteria for multifocal motor neuropathy with

conduction block.

- Pure sensory CIDP, or any other variant of CIDP without motor involvement

- Serious local infection or systemic infection within the 6 months prior to Screening.

- Use of IFN-beta at any time, use of plasma exchange, plasmapheresis, or any other

immunosuppressant (with the exception of oral or non-systemic corticosteroids) within 6 months prior to Screening.

- History of intolerance to acetaminophen (paracetamol), ibuprofen, naproxen, and/or

aspirin that would preclude use of at least one of these during the study.

- For female subjects, unless postmenopausal or surgically sterile, unwillingness to

practice effective contraception, as defined by the Investigator, during the study.

- Female subjects considering becoming pregnant while in the study

- Female subjects who are currently pregnant or breast-feeding.

- This list is not exhaustive and there may be additional exclusions

Locations and Contacts

Guy's Hospital/Dept. of Neuroimmunology, London SE1 1UL, United Kingdom

Phoenix Neurological Associates, Ltd., Phoenix, Arizona 85006, United States

Neuromuscular Research Center, Scottsdale, Arizona 85258, United States

University of Florida, Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida 32209, United States

University of Miami, Miami, Florida 33136, United States

University of Kansas, Kansas City, Kansas 66160, United States

Louisiana State University, New Orleans, Louisiana 70112, United States

Harvard University/MGH, Boston, Massachusetts 02114, United States

Tufts University/ St. Elizabeths, Boston, Massachusetts 02135, United States

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455, United States

Liverpool Hospital, Liverpool, New South Wales 2170, Australia

Institute of Clinical Neurosciences, Sydney, New South Wales 2006, Australia

Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York 10022, United States

Raleigh Neurology Associates, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607, United States

London Health Sciences Center, London, Ontario N6A 5A5, Canada

Montreal Neurological Hospital, Montreal, Quebec H3A 2B4, Canada

University of Texas Southwestern, Dallas, Texas 75390-8897, United States

University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah 84132, United States

St. Vincent's Hospital, Fitzroy, Victoria 3065, Australia

Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Victoria 3050, Australia

Additional Information

Starting date: February 2004
Last updated: March 4, 2010

Page last updated: August 20, 2015

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