Birmingham, Alabama (PRWEB) March 25, 2013
*Achieve Clinical Research conducts Clinical Trials in Birmingham, Al. For more information about getting started with a Lupus Clinical Trial, please visit our website or contact us directly at (205) 380-6434
BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE FOR STUDY
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune disorder characterized by autoantibody production and abnormal B lymphocyte function. The etiology of SLE is unknown, although genetics, sex hormones, and environmental conditions are thought to play a role. This disease is more common in women (~90% of patients) than men and more prevalent in African-Americans than Caucasians.
In the United States (US) the reported prevalence is 100,000 to 500,000 patients with some estimates of 1 million as the incidence increased 2-3 fold between 1950 and 1979. In the European Union (EU), prevalence rates have been reported ranging from 25 to 39 cases per 100,000 persons. The disease onset is generally between the ages of 20 and 40 years. Patients with SLE have about a 3-fold greater risk of mortality than the general population.
Approximately 70% of SLE patients survive 20 years from time of diagnosis, SLE can lead to arthritis, kidney failure, heart and lung inflammation, central nervous system (CNS) changes, vasculitis, severe skin rash, and blood dyscrasias such as anemia, leukopenia, and thrombocytopenia.
The manifestations of SLE vary from patient to patient and it may take many years to render the proper diagnosis. The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) criteria that define a diagnosis of this heterogeneous disease require 4 of 11 criteria that include SLE-associated signs or symptoms, lab abnormalities, and the presence of specific anti-nuclear autoantibodies. More funding for Lupus Research is helping to provide remedies for this disease.
Subjects enrolled in the study must meet the following inclusion criteria:
1. Are at least 18 years of age.
2. Are of self-identified black race.
3. Have a clinical diagnosis of SLE according to the American College of Rheumatology
4. Have active SLE disease defined as a SELENA SLEDAI score ≥ 8 at screening.
5. Have unequivocally positive autoantibody test results defined as an ANA titer ≥ 1:80 and/or a positive anti-dsDNA (≥ 30 IU/mL) serum antibody test from 2 independent time points as follows:
6. Are on a stable SLE treatment regimen consisting of any of the following medications (alone or in combination) for a period of at least 30 days prior to Day 0 (ie, day of 1st dose of study agent):
7. A female subject is eligible to enter the study if she is:
These women must have a negative serum pregnancy test at screening, and agree to 1 of the following:
8. Have the ability to understand the requirements of the study, provide written informed consent (including consent for the use and disclosureof research-related healthinformation), and comply with the study protocol procedures (including required study visits).
For information about how to participate in a Lupus clinical trial, visit Achieve Clinical Research or contact us directly at (205) 380-6434