A Study of Secukinumab for the Treatment of Alopecia Areata

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Status and phase

Phase 2


Alopecia Areata


Drug: Placebo
Drug: Secukinumab

Study type


Funder types



GCO 15-0549

Details and patient eligibility


Alopecia areata is a medical condition, in which the hair falls out in patches. The hair can fall out on the scalp or elsewhere on the face and body.

Alopecia areata is an autoimmune skin disease, which means that the immune system is recognizing the hair follicles as foreign and attacking them, causing round patches of hair loss. It can progress to total scalp hair loss (alopecia totalis) or complete body hair loss (alopecia universalis). The scalp is the most commonly affected area, but the beard or any hair-bearing site can be affected alone or together with the scalp. Alopecia areata occurs in males and females of all ages, and is a highly unpredictable condition that tends to recur. Alopecia areata can cause significant distress to both patients and their families.

Aim: To assess the effects of a new treatment called secukinumab in patients with alopecia areata. A total of 30 patients will be included in the study, which will run for a total of 28 weeks.


11 patients




18+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Male or female subject at least 18 years of age
  • If female, the subject is not pregnant or nursing
  • Subject is able to provide written informed consent and comply with the requirements of this study protocol.
  • Subjects who are women of childbearing potential must have a negative urine pregnancy test at screening and must be practicing an adequate, medically acceptable method of birth control for at least 30 days before Day 0 and at least 6 months after the last study drug administration. Acceptable methods of birth control include intrauterine device (IUD); oral, transdermal, implanted or injected hormonal contraceptives (must have been initiated at least 1 month before entering the study); tubal ligation; abstinence and barrier methods with spermicide. Otherwise, if not of childbearing potential, subjects must: have a sterile or vasectomized partner; have had a hysterectomy, a bilateral oophorectomy or be clinically diagnosed infertile; or be in a menopausal state for at least a year.
  • Subject with AA (unequivocal cases of AA), affecting at least 60% of the scalp, and present for at least 6 months.
  • Tuberculin purified protein derivative (PPD) or QuantiFERON TB-Gold test (QFT) negative at the time of screening, or if patient has a history of positive PPD or QuantiFERON, he/she has completed the appropriate prophylaxis.
  • Subject is judged to be in good general health as determined by the principal investigator based upon the results of medical history, laboratory profile, and physical examination.

Exclusion criteria

  • Other concomitant types of alopecia (androgenetic, female pattern, traction, scarring and others)
  • Any subject who is pregnant or refuses to practice an acceptable method of birth control (as stated in inclusion criterion # 4)
  • History of an ongoing, chronic or recurrent infectious disease, or evidence of tuberculosis infection as defined by a positive tuberculin purified protein derivative (PPD) or QuantiFERON TB-Gold test (QFT) at screening. Subjects with a positive or indeterminate PPD or QFT test may participate in the study if a full tuberculosis work up (according to local practice/guidelines) is completed within 12 weeks prior to randomization and establishes conclusively that the subject has no evidence of active tuberculosis. If presence of latent tuberculosis is established, then treatment must have been initiated at least for 4 weeks prior to randomization and the course of prophylaxis is planned to be completed.
  • Active Crohn's disease
  • Known hypersensitivity to latex
  • Subjects with a history of HIV, or history of positive HCV or HBV
  • Previous exposure to Secukinumab or other drug targeting IL-17A or its receptor; use of sensitizing therapy for alopecia areata including DPCP, squaric acid, DNCB within 1 month; PUVA, or any form of phototherapy within 1 month; use of any immunosuppressive therapies (systemic corticosteroids, methotrexate, azathioprine, mycophenolate mofetil, cyclosporine) within 1 month; or use of topical therapies (two weeks). All the above therapies will not be allowed during this study.

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


Double Blind

11 participants in 2 patient groups, including a placebo group

Experimental group
300 mg subcutaneous injections
Drug: Secukinumab
Placebo Comparator group
matching placebo subcutaneous injections
Drug: Placebo

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