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Subcutaneous Immunoglobulin (Hizentra) in Patients With Dermatomyositis: A Proof of Concept Study

Information source: Thomas Jefferson University
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Condition(s) targeted: Dermatomyositis

Intervention: Immunoglobulin (Hizentra) (Drug)

Phase: Phase 0

Status: Recruiting

Sponsored by: Thomas Jefferson University

Overall contact:
Marinos Dalakas, MD, Phone: 215-955-4673, Email: marinos.dalakas@jefferson.edu


The purpose of the study is to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of human immunoglobulin SCIg in the form of Hizentra (Immune globulin Subcutaneous) in patients with Dermatomyositis. Hizentra provides effective protection against infection by maintaining a steady and normal level of immunoglobulin in the body) in patients with primary immunodeficiency. At present, patients with steroid resistant dermatomyositis can only be treated with IVIg (The healthy antibodies in IVIG can block the damaging antibodies that attack muscle and skin in dermatomyositis) treatment. An evaluation can then be made to see if SCIg is a suitable replacement and exerts immunomodulatory effect on complement antibodies.

Clinical Details

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

Primary outcome: The primary outcome is a change in strength (based on MRC sumscores) from baseline (enrollment) to the mean change at weeks 16, 20, 24 and 28.

Secondary outcome: The main secondary outcome is the preference of the participant for SCIg compared with IVIg


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


Inclusion Criteria: 1. Men or woman aged >18 years 2. Diagnosis of DM based on standard criteria 3. Receiving the equivalent of at least 0. 4 g/kg IVIg every 4 weeks (IVIg group only) 4. Established response to IVIg or dependence on IVIg to maintain status established either by symptomatic worsening of condition at the end of the inter-dose interval for both groups or by worsening after reduction of the dose within the previous 12 months (IVIg group only) 5. IVIg regimen stable for 12 weeks while on IVIg (minor changes are permitted provided that the dose change is 15% or less) (IVIg group only) 6. Stable dosing with steroids and/or other immunosuppressives for 12 weeks with no changes schedule or intended. Exclusion Criteria: 1. Pregnancy, planned pregnancy, breast feeding or unwillingness to practice contraception 2. Severe concurrent medical conditions which would prevent treatment or assessment, including significant hematological, renal or liver dysfunction or malignancies 3. Initiation or immunomodulatory treatment other than IVIg in the past 24 weeks or modification of immunomodulatory treatment other than IVIg in the past 12 weeks. 4. Participation in trial of an investigational medicinal product in the past 12 weeks 5. Presence of skin infection unrelated to dermatomyositis, severe skin involvement Presence of any other medical condition, which in the opinion of the investigator might interfere with performance or interpretation of this study.

Locations and Contacts

Marinos Dalakas, MD, Phone: 215-955-4673, Email: marinos.dalakas@jefferson.edu

Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107, United States; Recruiting
Marinos Dalakas, MD, Phone: 215-955-7865, Email: marinos.dalakas@jefferson.edu
Goran Rakocevic, MD, Phone: 215 955-7952, Email: goran.rakocevic@jefferson.edu
Additional Information

Starting date: November 2014
Last updated: June 23, 2015

Page last updated: August 23, 2015

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