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|Eligible Ages||45 Years and Over|
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|Brigham and Women's Hospital|
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|Principal Investigator Affiliation||Brigham and Women's Hospital|
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|Study Website:||View Trial Website|
Consenting subjects will be screened for eligibility and randomized to a treatment arm. Subjects will be randomized to a treatment arm with either synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) [triple therapy: sulfasalazine, methotrexate, and hydroxychloroquine] or biologic DMARDs [etanercept or adalimumab, plus background methotrexate for all subjects and hydroxychloroquine for subjects who were taking this at screening]. Once randomized, a baseline visit will be conducted with each subject. Baseline data collection includes questionnaires, disease activity score, and the first FDG-PET/CT imaging. After the baseline at week 0, subjects will visit with their rheumatologist at weeks 6, 12, 18, and 24 for safety labs and further collection of disease activity scores and questionnaires. The second FDG-PET/CT will be performed at week 24. Blood specimens will be collected at weeks 0, 6, 18, and 24 for bioassays. Subject participation will end after the week 24 visit. Patients and care providers will be unblinded. The FDG-PET/CT image readers will be blinded to treatment arm as well as timepoint of image acquisition.
Active Comparator: Triple therapy (MTX+SSZ+HCQ)
Sulfasalazine (SSZ) 1 g bid and hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) 200 mg twice daily, not to exceed 6.5mg/kg HCQ (in addition to concomitant methotrexate [MTX]).
Active Comparator: TNF inhibitor (etanercept or adalimumab)
etanercept 50 mg subcutaneously weekly or adalimumab 40 mg subcutaneously every other week (in addition to concomitant methotrexate, plus hydroxychloroquine, for subjects who were taking this at screening). Biologic treatment will be assigned randomly.
Drug: - Methotrexate
Subjects entering trial will continue on MTX dose of at least 15mg MTX/week. At the discretion of the treating rheumatologist, may be switched to SQ route.
Drug: - Sulfasalazine
1 gm bid
Drug: - Hydroxychloroquine
200 mg twice daily, not to exceed 6.5mg/kg
Drug: - Etanercept
50 mg SC weekly
Drug: - Adalimumab
40 mg SQ every other week
If you are interested in learning more about this trial, find the trial site nearest to your location and contact the site coordinator via email or phone. We also strongly recommend that you consult with your healthcare provider about the trials that may interest you and refer to our terms of service below.
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, California, 90095
University of California San Francisco
San Francisco, California, 94110