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24 Weeks Double-blind Randomized Placebo-controlled Trial to Evaluate Efficacy, PK, Safety of LOU064 in Adolescents (12 - <18) With CSU and Inadequate Response to H1-antihistamine Followed by Optional 3 Years Open-label Extension and an Optional 3 Years Safety Long-term Treatment-free Follow-up

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Status and phase

Phase 3


Chronic Spontaneous Urticaria


Drug: placebo
Drug: LOU064 (blinded)

Study type


Funder types



2022-502159-78 (EudraCT Number)
2022-502159-78-00 (Other Identifier)

Details and patient eligibility


The purpose of this trial is:

  1. to assess the efficacy, pharmacokinetics, and safety of remibrutinib vs. placebo in adolescents from 12 to < 18 years of age suffering from chronic spontaneous urticaria inadequately controlled by H1-antihistamines
  2. to collect long-term efficacy, safety and tolerability data on remibrutinib in adolescents after having completed 24 weeks of treatment
  3. to collect safety data in this population for up to three years after the last dose of study treatment

Full description

This trial consists of 3 different periods:

  1. the "core period", which is randomized and double-blind, during which 2/3 participants will receive remibrutinib and 1/3 will receive placebo for 24 weeks. Total duration: approximately 32 weeks (10 site visits).
  2. an optional "open-label extension (OLE) period" proposed to all participants who completed 24 weeks of treatment of the "core period" and all scheduled assessments planned at week 24 visit . Depending on their CSU symptoms (as assessed by the doctor), participants will either receive remibrutinib for 24 weeks, or enter an observational treatment-free period for 1 year. If the CSU symptoms return during the observational period, the participants can switch to the treatment period at any time (decided by the doctor). At the end of the 24-week treatment period, if CSU is controlled, participants will enter the 1-year observational period, otherwise, they can continue with another cycle of 24-week remibrutinib treatment. The number of remibrutinib treatment or observational cycles will be limited to 6 times each. Total duration: from 1 year to approximately 3 years, and number of visits: from 3 to 15 (depending on the CSU symptoms).
  3. an optional "long-term treatment-free follow-up period" proposed to all participants who completed at least 4 months treatment in the "OLE period". No treatment will be given. Duration: 3 years with 1 site visit and up to 4 phone call follow-up visits.

The primary clinical question of interest is what is the effect of remibrutinib treatment versus placebo on the change from baseline in UAS7, ISS7 and HSS7 scores after 12 weeks of treatment


100 estimated patients




12 to 17 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion and exclusion criteria

Key Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male and female adolescent participants aged >= 12 to < 18 years of age at the time of signing the informed consent
  • CSU duration for >= 6 months prior to screening (defined as the onset of CSU determined by the investigator based on all available supporting documentation)
  • Diagnosis of CSU inadequately controlled by second-generation H1-AH at the time of randomization defined as:
  • The presence of itch and hives for ≥ 6 consecutive weeks prior to screening despite the use of second-generation H1-AH during this time period according to local treatment guidelines
  • UAS7 score (range 0 - 42) >= 16, ISS7 score (range 0 - 21) >= 6 and HSS7 score (range 0 - 21) >= 6 during the 7 days prior to randomization (Day 1)
  • Documentation of hives within three months before randomization (either at screening and/or at randomization; or documented in the participants' medical history)

Key Exclusion criteria:

  • Previous use of remibrutinib or other BTK inhibitors
  • Significant bleeding risk or coagulation disorders
  • History of gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Requirement for anti-platelet medication, except for acetylsalicylic acid up to 100 mg/d or clopidogrel up to 75 mg/d. The use of dual anti-platelet therapy (e.g., acetylsalicylic acid + clopidogrel) is prohibited
  • History or current hepatic disease
  • Evidence of clinically significant cardiovascular, neurological, psychiatric, pulmonary, renal, hepatic, endocrine, metabolic, hematological disorders, gastrointestinal disease or immunodeficiency that, in the investigator's opinion, would compromise the safety of the participant, interfere with the interpretation of the study results or otherwise preclude participation or protocol adherence of the participant
  • History of hypersensitivity to any of the study drugs or its excipients or to drugs of similar chemical classes
  • Participants having a clearly defined predominant or sole trigger of their chronic urticaria (chronic inducible urticaria) including urticaria factitia (symptomatic dermographism), cold-, heat-, solar-, pressure-, delayed pressure-, aquagenic-, cholinergic-, or contact-urticaria
  • Other diseases with symptoms of urticaria or angioedema, including but not limited to urticaria vasculitis, urticaria pigmentosa, erythema multiforme, mastocytosis, hereditary angioedema, or drug-induced urticaria
  • Any other skin disease associated with chronic itching that might influence in the investigator's opinion the study evaluations and results, e.g., atopic dermatitis, bullous pemphigoid, dermatitis herpetiformis, senile pruritus or psoriasis

Other protocol-defined inclusion/exclusion criteria may apply.

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


Quadruple Blind

100 participants in 2 patient groups, including a placebo group

Arm 1: LOU064 (blinded)
Experimental group
LOU064 (blinded) taken orally b.i.d. for 24 weeks, followed by LOU064 (open-label) taken orally b.i.d. for up to 6 cycles of 24 weeks.
Drug: LOU064 (blinded)
Arm 2: LOU064 placebo (blinded)
Placebo Comparator group
LOU064 placebo (blinded) taken orally b.i.d. for 24 weeks (randomized in a 2:1 ratio arm 1: arm 2)
Drug: placebo

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

Novartis Pharmaceuticals; Novartis Pharmaceuticals

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