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Efficacy and Safety of MEthylprednisolone Administered Intravenously for the Treatment of Patients With Active AnkyLosing spondyLitis (METALL)

Information source: Saratov State Medical University
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Condition(s) targeted: Ankylosing Spondylitis

Intervention: Methylprednisolone (Drug)

Phase: Phase 2

Status: Active, not recruiting

Sponsored by: Saratov State Medical University


In this study, efficacy of methylprednisolone in reduction of signs and symptoms (back pain, stiffness, joint pain and swelling) of active ankylosing spondylitis (AS) will be investigated. It is expected, that a single dose of methylprednisolone 500 mg given intravenously at baseline will lead to a rapid reduction of symptoms of active AS, which can be seen already 2 weeks after drug administration.

Clinical Details

Official title: Efficacy and Safety of MEthylprednisolone Administered Intravenously for the Treatment of Patients With Active AnkyLosing spondyLitis (METALL) - a 12-week, Prospective, Open-label, Pilot Study

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

Primary outcome: The Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society 40 (ASAS40) response


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


Inclusion Criteria:

- Age of ≥18 years.

- Definite diagnosis of AS according to the modified New York criteria.

- History of an inadequate response to ≥2 nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)

taken for at least 2 weeks each or NSAIDs intolerance.

- Active disease as defined by the Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis DIsease Activity Index

(BASDAI) value of ≥4 at screening despite concomitant treatment with an NSAID or without NSAIDs in case of intolerance. Exclusion Criteria:

- The female subject is pregnant or lactating.

- Patients with other chronic inflammatory articular disease or systemic autoimmune


- History of inadequate response to previous anti-tumour necrosis factor (TNF) α


- Treatment with any other investigational drug within 4 weeks of 5 half-life of the

drug (whichever is longer) prior to baseline.

- Treatments with disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) other than

methotrexate within 4 weeks prior to screening (8 weeks for leflunomide or 4 weeks with a standard cholestyramine wash-out).

- Treatment with intravenous, intramuscular or intraarticular/periarticular steroids

within 4 weeks prior to screening.

- History of oesophageal, gastric, duodenal or intestinal ulceration, clinically

relevant gastrointestinal bleeding.

- History of or current signs of coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction, stroke

or transient ischemic attack, peripheral arterial thrombotic events.

- Congestive heart failure (NYHA III-IV)

- Uncontrolled arterial hypertension.

- History of diabetes mellitus.

- History of glaucoma.

- Major surgery within 12 weeks prior to screening.

- Evidence of any other severe uncontrolled gastrointestinal, hepatic, renal,

pulmonary, cardiovascular, nervous or endocrine disorders.

- Any active current viral, bacterial or fungal infection, a history of recurrent

clinically significant infection, infections requiring treatment with antibiotics within 4 weeks prior to baseline.

- History of chronic infection with hepatitis B or C, history of HIV infection.

- Primary or secondary immunodeficiency.

- Any other conditions making the patient unsuitable in the opinion of the investigator

for the participation in the current study.

Locations and Contacts

Department of Rheumatology, Saratov Region Hospital, Saratov, Russian Federation
Additional Information

Starting date: July 2012
Last updated: February 9, 2013

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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