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A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled Multicenter Study of Subcutaneous Secukinumab to Demonstrate Efficacy in the Treatment of Enthesitis at the Achilles Tendon up to 1 Year in Adult Patients With Active Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) and Axial Spondyloarthritis (axSpA) (ACHILLES) (NCT02771210)

The purpose of this study is to demonstrate efficacy, including effects on inflammation by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) assessments, of secukinumab on Achilles tendon enthesitis for up to 1 year with a primary focus at Week 24, in patients with active Psoriatic Arthritis and axial Spondyloarthritis despite current or previous non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) and/or disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD) and/or anti-TNFα therapy.
  • Biological: AIN457/Secukinumab
    Induction: Week 0,1,2,3 150 mg or 300 mg Secukinumab s.c. Maintenance: 150 mg or 300 mg Secukinumab s.c. every 4 weeks starting at Week 4
    • Drug: AIN457/Secukinumab Placebo
      Induction: Week 0,1,2,3 Secukinumab Placebo s.c. Maintenance: Secukinumab Placebo s.c. every 4 weeks starting at Week 4 until Week 24 followed by 150 or 300 mg Secukinumab s.c. every 4 weeks
      Ages eligible for Study
      18 Years and older
      Genders eligible for Study
      Accepts Healthy Volunteers
      Inclusion Criteria:
      • Patients with Psoriatic arthritis: Diagnosis of Psoriatic arthritis as per the Classification criteria for Psoriatic Arthritis (CASPAR criteria) with symptoms for at least 6 months and active Psoriatic arthritis as assessed by ≥ 1 tender joints out of 78 and ≥ 1 swollen joints out of 76 at Baseline (dactylitis of a digit counts as one joint each).
      • Patients with Axial Spondyloarthritis: Diagnosis of Axial Spondyloarthritis as per the classification of the Assessment of Spondyloarthritis International Society axial Spondyloarthritis (ASAS) criteria and objective signs of inflammation at Screening (magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or definite radiographic sacroilitis and/or abnormal C-Reactive Protein) and active disease assessed by total Bath ankylosing spondylitis disease activity index (BASDAI) ≥ 4 (0-10) at Baseline.
      • Diagnosis of Achilles tendon enthesitis according to swelling and tenderness at the insertional site of the Achilles tendon into the calcaneus.
      • Onset of heel pain ≥ 1 month at Baseline.
      • Heel enthesitis that is magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)-positive according to the investigator`s judgement.
      • Patients who have been exposed to up to two TNFα inhibitors. Key
      Exclusion Criteria:
      • Chest X-ray or chest magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) with evidence of ongoing infectious or malignant process.
      • Previous exposure to secukinumab or other biologic drug directly targeting Interleukin (IL)-17 or Interleukin (IL)-17 receptor.
      • Ongoing use of psoriasis treatments / medications (e.g. topical corticosteroids, ultraviolet (UV) therapy) at randomization.
      • Patients who have previously been exposed to more than two Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors (investigational or approved).
      • Patients who have ever received biologic immunomodulating agents (investigational or approved), except those targeting Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors.
      • Pregnant or nursing (lactating) women.
      • History of ongoing, chronic or recurrent infectious disease or evidence of tuberculosis infection. Other protocol-defined inclusion/exclusion criteria may apply.

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      30 August, 2016
      13 November, 2017
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