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You can access this
clinical trial
if you have
Giant Cell Arteritis
and you are
over 50
years old
This is a second phase trial assessing
efficacy and side effects of the new treatment.
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The purpose

Giant-cell arteritis (GCA) is an immune-mediated disease that mostly affects people older than 50 years of age. Glucocorticoid (GC) treatment dramatically alters the symptoms and course of GCA, reducing the likelihood of vascular complications that could lead e.g. to blindness. However, relapses usually occur when GC dosages are tapered, resulting in frequent re-treatment with high cumulative dosages of GC over time with substantial toxicity and morbidity (e.g. diabetes mellitus, infections, enhanced cardiovascular risk, osteoporotic fractures, cataracts). Therefore, novel therapies are needed that effectively reduce the dose and duration of GC treatment and provide more durable remissions of GCA. Tocilizumab (TCZ) is a humanized monoclonal antibody directed against the human interleukin-6 receptor (IL-6R). Elevated tissue and serum levels of IL-6 have been implicated in giant cell arteritis. Inhibition of IL-6 and/or its receptor therefore represents a new and novel approach for the treatment of RA. The primary endpoint is the proportion of patients that have achieved complete remission of disease after treatment with TCZ compared to treatment with placebo at week 12. All patients will receive glucocorticoids in a standardized form.

Provided treatments

  • Drug: Tocilizumab + Glucocorticoids (GCs)
  • Drug: Placebo + Glucocorticoids (GCs)

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Tris trial is registered with FDA with number: NCT01450137. The sponsor of the trial is University Hospital Inselspital, Berne and it is looking for 30 volunteers for the current phase.
Official trial title:
A Phase II, Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo Controlled Study of Tocilizumab in Patients With Giant Cell Arteritis