Study of H.P. ACTHAR Subcutaneous Gelatin (Gel)(Highly Purified Gel Injection) in Uveitis Patients

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Tampa Bay Uveitis Center, LLC

Status and phase

Completed
Phase 4

Conditions

Clinically Significant Macular Edema
Anterior Uveitis
Uveitis
Posterior Uveitis
Intermediate Uveitis
Scleritis

Treatments

Drug: H.P. ACTHAR SUBCUTANEOUS GEL INJECTION

Study type

Interventional

Funder types

Other
Industry

Identifiers

NCT02764697
TBUC 10012015

Details and patient eligibility

About

Uveitis represents a heterogeneous group of diseases that results from ocular inflammatory reaction involving ocular tissue and vasculature. The inflammation usually causes pain, redness, photophobia and blurred vision. This inflammation, is typically treated with regional or systemic therapy. The regional therapy typically consists of topical corticosteroids or periocular or regional corticosteroids. Regional therapy can lead to a steroid response glaucoma, which is increased intraocular pressure.This pilot study aims to evaluate the possible effectiveness of H.P. Acthar in patients with active ocular inflammatory disease, and currently on treatment for glaucoma or have a history of glaucoma.

Full description

Uveitis represents a heterogeneous group of diseases that results from ocular inflammatory reaction involving ocular tissue and vasculature. The inflammation usually causes pain, redness, photophobia and blurred vision. H.P Acthar Gel stimulate the adrenal cortex to secrete cortisol. Additionally H.P. Acthar gel is also reported to bind to melanocortin receptors. Melanocortin receptor activation has been shown to exert marked anti-inflammatory and immune-modulatory effects in animal studies, by modulating pro inflammatory cytokines, followed by induction of anti- inflammatory mediators and subsequent leukocyte migration. Specifically melanocortins down regulate Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) alpha, Interleukin (IL) -2, Interferon gamma and T-cell proliferation and upregulates IL-10 and regulatory T cells. For this reason H.P. Acthar is an approved treatment for ocular inflammatory disease. Ocular inflammatory disease is typically treated with regional or systemic therapy. The regional therapy typically consists of topical corticosteroids or periocular or regional corticosteroids. Regional therapy can lead to a steroid response glaucoma, which is increased intraocular pressure.This pilot study aims to evaluate the possible effectiveness of H.P. Acthar in patients with active ocular inflammatory disease, and currently on treatment for glaucoma or have a history of glaucoma. Subjects will be treated with H P Acthar subcutaneous gel, 40 U/ml, given twice weekly x 8 weeks, followed by once weekly x 4 weeks: a total 20 doses with the same cumulative units to be administered, using the approved route, with the option to do 4 additional doses if resolution is incomplete. This will be a prospective open-label, non-randomized pilot study: 12 week treatment for active non-infectious uveitis, endpoint assessment and safety assessment; additional 12 week assessment for uveitis activity/quiescence and safety assessment.

Enrollment

6 patients

Sex

All

Ages

18+ years old

Volunteers

No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Subject has the ability to understand and sign the informed consent document
  • Subject is 18 years of age or older
  • Subject can be male or female
  • Subject has negative Purified Protein Derivative (Tuberculosis skin test) or quantiferon TB Gold Test (blood test for TB) testing done in 3 months
  • Subject has active ocular inflammation in at least one eye
  • Subject has visual acuity in at least one eye of 20/400 or better.
  • Subject has a history of glaucoma or has actively treated glaucoma
  • Subject is willing and able to comply with the study procedures
  • Female subjects of childbearing potential must not be pregnant or breast-feeding, must have a negative pregnancy test at screening and must be willing to undergo pregnancy testing throughout the study

Exclusion criteria

  • Subject has any ocular infection
  • Subject has any systemic infection
  • Participant has documented immunocompromised or immune-incompetent state
  • Subject has any ocular co-morbidity than prevents assessment of intraocular inflammation
  • Subject has had any intra-ocular surgery in previous 6 weeks
  • Subject has any planned elective surgery ocular or systemic during study duration
  • Subject is pregnant or breast-feeding
  • Subject had a recent vaccination with live or attenuated vaccines
  • Subject has a sensitivity to Porcine derived proteins
  • Subject has a medical history which is a contraindication to receiving H.P. Acthar

Trial design

Primary purpose

Treatment

Allocation

N/A

Interventional model

Single Group Assignment

Masking

None (Open label)

6 participants in 1 patient group

H.P. Acthar Subcutaneous Gel Injection
Other group
Description:
For the current protocol we are proposing, 40 U/ml, given twice weekly x 8 weeks, followed by once weekly x 4 weeks: a total 20 doses, using the approved route, with the option to do 4 additional doses if resolution is incomplete.
Treatment:
Drug: H.P. ACTHAR SUBCUTANEOUS GEL INJECTION

Trial contacts and locations

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