The trial is taking place at:

Klinika Reuma Park Sp. z o.o. sp. k. | Centrum Medyczne Reuma Park

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A Study of the Safety and Effectiveness of Efgartigimod in Patients With Primary Sjögren's Syndrome (pSS) (rho)

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Status and phase

Active, not recruiting
Phase 2


Primary Sjögren's Syndrome


Biological: Efgartigimod
Biological: Placebo

Study type


Funder types



2021-005911-30 (EudraCT Number)

Details and patient eligibility


The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy and safety of human FcRn blocking therapy with efgartigimod compared to placebo, in participants with pSS.

Full description

Primary Sjogren Syndrome (pSS) is an autoimmune disease with still unmet treatment needs. Efgartigimod, a human FcRn antagonist, has the potential to successfully treat pSS and improve disease manifestations by the reduction of IgG autoantibodies and immune complexes in pSS. The study design is randomized, double-blinded, and placebo-controlled to evaluate the effect of efgartigimod administered as an IV infusion compared to placebo. The study consists of a treatment period when all participants will receive infusions of IP/placebo for 24 weeks. At the end of the randomized treatment period, eligible participants may roll over to an OLE study or remain in this study through the end of the 56-day follow-up period.


36 patients




18+ years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Is at least the legal age of consent for clinical trials when signing the informed consent form
  • Is capable of providing signed informed consent and complying with protocol requirements
  • Agrees to use contraceptive measures consistent with local regulations and measures described in the protocol
  • Meets the following criteria at screening: ACR/EULAR 2016 pSS who met criteria ≤7 years before screening; ESSDAI ≥5; Anti-Ro/SS-A positive; Residual salivary flow (UWSF rate >0 and/or SWSF rate >0.10)

Exclusion criteria

  • Known autoimmune disease or any medical condition that, in the investigator's judgment,would interfere with an accurate assessment of clinical symptoms of pSS or puts the participant at undue risk
  • History of malignancy unless considered cured by adequate treatment with no evidence of recurrence for ≥3 years before the first administration of IMP.
  • Adequately treated participants with the following cancers may be included at any time: Basal cell or squamous cell skin cancer; Carcinoma in situ of the cervix; Carcinoma in situ of the breast; Incidental histological finding of prostate cancer (TNM stage T1a or T1b) Clinically significant uncontrolled active acute or chronic bacterial, viral, or fungal infection
  • Positive serum test at screening for an active infection with any of the following: HBV that is indicative of an acute or chronic infection, unless associated with a negative HBsAg or negative HBV DNA test; HCV based on HCV antibody assay unless a negative RNA test is available; HIV based on test results of a CD4 count of <200 cells/mm3 that are associated with an AIDS-defining condition, HIV based on test results of a CD4 count of >200 cells/mm3 not adequately treated with antiviral therapy
  • Clinically significant disease, recent major surgery (within 3 months of screening), or intention to have surgery during the study; or any other medical condition that, in the investigator's opinion, would confound the results of the study or put the participant at undue risk
  • Immunoglobulin G (IgG) levels cannot be below a certain threshold ( 4g/L)
  • Positive covid test at study start
  • Some of the medications such as vaccines with live components or medicines that may be prescribed cannot be taken either shortly before or during this study
  • Current participation in another interventional clinical study or previously participation in an efgartigimod clinical study and treatment with ≥1 dose of IMP
  • Known hypersensitivity to IMP or 1 of its excipients
  • History (within 12 months of screening) of current alcohol, drug, or medication abuse as assessed by the investigator
  • Pregnant or lactating state or intention to become pregnant during the study
  • Secondary Sjögren's syndrome overlap syndromes where another confirmed autoimmune rheumatic or systemic inflammatory condition is the primary diagnosis
  • Chinese traditional medicine with known immunomodulatory action

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


Triple Blind

36 participants in 2 patient groups, including a placebo group

Efgartigimod IV arm
Experimental group
patients receiving infusions of Efgartigimod IV
Biological: Efgartigimod
Placebo arm
Placebo Comparator group
patients receiving infusions of placebo IV
Biological: Placebo

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

Sabine Coppieters, MD

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