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AB0469 Improved physical function, pain, and health related quality of life with certolizumab pegol in japanese rheumatoid arthritis patients without methotrexate co-administration: Results from the hikari study
  1. H. Yamanaka1,
  2. K. Yamamoto2,
  3. T. Takeuchi3,
  4. N. Ishiguro4,
  5. Y. Tanaka5,
  6. K. Eguchi6,
  7. A. Watanabe7,
  8. H. Origasa8,
  9. K. Iwai9,
  10. Y. Sakamaki10,
  11. N. Miyasaka11,
  12. T. Koike12
  1. 1Tokyo Women’s Medical University
  2. 2University of Tokyo
  3. 3Keio University School of Medicine, Tokyo
  4. 4Nagoya University Graduate School and Faculty of Medicine, Aichi
  5. 5University of Occupational and Environmental Health, Fukuoka
  6. 6Sasebo City General Hospital, Nagasaki
  7. 7Tohoku University, Miyagi
  8. 8University of Toyama School of Medicine, Toyama
  9. 9Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co
  10. 10UCB Pharma
  11. 11Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Tokyo
  12. 12Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Hokkaido, Japan

Abstract

Background Physical function, pain and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) are important outcomes in RA. The HIKARI study examined the efficacy and safety of certolizumab pegol (CZP) in Japanese patients (pts) with active RA in whom methotrexate (MTX) could not be administered.1

Objectives To assess the impact of CZP on physical function, pain and HRQoL in the HIKARI study.

Methods In this 24-week (Wk), Phase III, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study, pts were randomized to CZP 200 mg (following induction dosing of 400 mg at Wks 0, 2, and 4) or placebo (PBO) every 2 Wks. Concomitant DMARDs other than MTX were permitted. Pts not achieving ACR20 at Wks 12 and 14 withdrew at Wk 16 and were eligible to enter an open-label extension, as were pts completing the study. Primary efficacy endpoint was ACR20 at Wk 12. Physical function was assessed with HAQ-DI and pain with VAS at each visit. HRQoL was evaluated with SF36 at Wks 12 and 24. ACR responses were assessed using NRI, and HAQ-DI, pain (VAS) and SF36 using LOCF.

Results A total of 230 pts were randomized. Demographic and baseline characteristics were similar between CZP and PBO groups: mean RA disease duration was 5.4 and 5.8 years, mean HAQ-DI 1.05 and 1.21, and mean DAS28(ESR) 6.09 and 6.30, respectively. ACR20 response rates at Wk 12 in CZP and PBO groups were 67.2% and 14.9% (p<0.001) and at Wk 24 were 63.8% and 11.4% (p<0.001); ACR50 and ACR70 response rates were also significantly higher in the CZP group than in the PBO group at Wk 12 (ACR50: 37.9% vs 6.1%; ACR70:19.0% vs 0%) and Wk 24 (ACR50: 46.6% vs 6.1%; ACR70: 25.9% vs 0.9%). As early as Wk 1 HAQ-DI was improved in the CZP group compared to PBO; HAQ-DI change from baseline at Wk 1 was -0.30 in CZP group vs -0.01 in PBO group (p<0.001). At Wk 24 HAQ-DI change from baseline was -0.48 in CZP group vs 0.12 in PBO group (p<0.001). Pain (VAS) was also significantly improved; change from baseline at Wk 1 was -18.9 in CZP group vs -2.2 in PBO group, and at Wk 24 was -27.5 in CZP group vs -1.2 in PBO group (p<0.001 at both timepoints). CZP showed significantly greater improvements in both the physical and the mental components of the SF36 than PBO at Wks 12 and 24. Changes in physical and mental component summary scores from baseline at Wk 24 were 9.27 in CZP group vs -1.46 in PBO group (p<0.001), and 5.24 in CZP group vs -0.94 in PBO group (p<0.001).

Conclusions Treatment with CZP resulted in a rapid and sustained reduction in RA signs and symptoms, and improved physical function and HRQoL in Japanese RA patients who could not be treated with MTX.

  1. Yamamoto K. et al. Arthritis Rheum 2011;63(Suppl10);S476

Disclosure of Interest H. Yamanaka Grant/Research support from: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, UCB Pharma, Consultant for: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, UCB Pharma, K. Yamamoto Consultant for: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, UCB Pharma, T. Takeuchi Consultant for: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, UCB Pharma, N. Ishiguro Consultant for: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, Y. Tanaka Consultant for: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, K. Eguchi Consultant for: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, A. Watanabe Consultant for: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, H. Origasa Consultant for: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, UCB Pharma, K. Iwai Employee of: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, Y. Sakamaki Employee of: UCB Pharma, N. Miyasaka Consultant for: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd, T. Koike Consultant for: Otsuka Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd

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