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Study to Assess the Safety and Efficacy of Enbrel Administered by Sofusa DoseConnect for Rheumatoid Arthritis

This is an open-label pilot study in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). All patients will receive SOFUSA Enbrel 25 mg once weekly. The dose will be increased to 50 mg if the dose escalation criteria are met during the dose escalation phase of the study.

Purpose of Study

This study is a Phase 1b proof-of-concept, open-label study to assess the safety and pilot efficacy of Enbrel administered by the Sofusa® DoseConnect™ delivery system (SOFUSA) for the treatment of patients with moderately to severe RA and an inadequate response to subcutaneous (SC) Enbrel. SOFUSA Enbrel will be administered once weekly to patients for 12 weeks. Patients will start on an Enbrel dose of 25 mg during the induction phase of the study and may be increased to an Enbrel dose of 50 mg during the dose escalation phase of the study based on the dose escalation criteria. Patients will remain on either the 25 mg or 50 mg dose for the final maintenance phase of the study.


18 - 80

Key Inclusion / Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

Provides written informed consent
Has rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as defined by having a score of 6 or higher on the 2010 ACR-EULAR classification criteria
Is currently on Enbrel therapy and has received once-weekly Enbrel injections for at least 12 weeks with no more than 1 missed dose in the 12 weeks prior to Screening.
Must meet the following disease criteria:

Have a DAS28(CRP) score > 2.9 at Screening Have a DAS28(ESR) score > 3.2 at Screening Swollen joint count ≥ 3 (28-joint count) and Tender joint count ≥ 3 (28-joint count) at Screening and Baseline

If on oral or subcutaneous MTX (up to 25 mg/week) or other permitted oral conventional synthetic disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) (i.e., leflunomide, up to 20 mg/day; hydroxychloroquine, up to 400 mg/day; or sulfasalazine, up to 3 g/day), must be on stable dose (MTX ≥ 12 weeks and other permitted DMARDs ≥ 8 weeks) within the specified ranges prior to Baseline. Note: if on methotrexate (MTX), subjects must be on a stable dose of folic acid (total ≥ 5 mg per week for ≥ 12 weeks) prior to Baseline and must continue a stable dose during the course of the study.
If taking regular nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitors, paracetamol/acetaminophen, or oral glucocorticoids for treatment of RA symptoms, must be on stable dose and route of administration for at least 2 weeks before Baseline
Females of childbearing potential must agree to use acceptable method(s) of contraception for the duration of the study and for 3 months after the last dose of study drug


Exclusion Criteria:

Has participated in a clinical trial with a drug or device within 30 days prior to Screening
Prior treatment with investigational therapy within 30 days or 5 half-lives before Screening (whichever is longer)
History of hypersensitivity to any recombinant protein drugs or any of the excipients used in Enbrel
Has skin contact sensitivities (due to SOFUSA device adhesive) or allergies to iodine (due to the iodine in ICG)
Lack of any clinical response to Enbrel in the Investigator’s opinion
Treatment with other biologic agents (e.g., interleukin [IL] 6, IL17, IL12/23 inhibitors; abatacept, tumor necrosis factor [TNF] inhibitors) besides Enbrel within 24 weeks before Baseline
Previous treatment with more than 2 other tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitor therapies (besides Enbrel), more than 2 targeted therapies with different mechanisms of action (e.g., Janus kinase inhibitors, T cell costimulation inhibitor, IL-6 receptor antagonist), or any cell depleting agents (e.g., anti-CD20)
Use of chlorambucil or cyclophosphamide within 24 weeks of Baseline
Use of leflunomide within 8 weeks of Baseline, if washing out of leflunomide, unless a cholestyramine washout has been performed, then use of leflunomide within 4 weeks of Baseline
Use of MTX, hydroxychloroquine, or sulfasalazine within 4 weeks of Baseline, if washing out of MTX, hydroxychloroquine, or sulfasalazine
Any systemic nonbiologic DMARD (e.g., Janus kinase inhibitor, cyclosporine, azathioprine) within 4 weeks of Baseline
History of or ongoing inflammatory, autoimmune, or painful musculoskeletal diseases (except for Sjogren’s syndrome or fibromyalgia) which could interfere with the RA assessments as determined by the Investigator
Functional RA status of class IV according to the ACR 1991 revised criteria at Screening or Baseline
Oral glucocorticoids > 10 mg/day prednisone equivalent within 4 weeks prior to Baseline
Opioid tolerant: defined as the use of opiate analgesics at a dose of > 30 mg/day of oral morphine equivalent on 4 of the last 7 days prior to Baseline
Use of intramuscular, intravenous, or intraarticular corticosteroid therapy within 4 weeks prior to Baseline
Treatment with any intra-articular hyaluronic acid preparation within 12 weeks prior to Baseline
Chronic arthritis diagnosis before the age of 17 years
Presence of any extra-articular manifestations of RA, except for rheumatoid nodules
Joint surgery within the preceding 8 weeks before Screening
History of, or presence of cancer (if < 5 years from successful treatment even with no evidence of recurrent disease) or lymphoproliferative or hematologic disease, other than a successfully and completely treated nonmetastatic cutaneous squamous cell or basal cell carcinoma and/or localized carcinoma in situ of the cervix and/or removed non-invasive colon or bladder polyps, with no evidence of recurrence History of uncontrolled diabetes, unstable ischemic heart disease, congestive heart failure (New York Heart Association III-IV), active peptic ulcer disease, recent stroke, myocardial infarction, or thromboembolism (within 6 months), or any other condition which, in the opinion of the Investigator, would put the patient at risk by participation in the study Previous diagnosis or signs of demyelinating disease History of clinically significant hematologic (e.g. severe anemia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia), renal or liver disease (e.g. glomerulonephritis, fibrosis, cirrhosis, hepatitis) or abnormal clinical laboratory tests at Screening Receipt of any blood products within 12 weeks of Baseline History of persistent chronic infection; recurrent infection (more than 3 infections requiring antimicrobial therapy within the last 12 months); or active infections requiring hospitalization or treatment with systemic anti-infective therapy within 4 weeks before Screening (counted from anti-infective therapy stop date), except for fungal infection of nails or nail beds History of or current active tuberculosis or presence of latent tuberculosis as detected by imaging (e.g., chest radiograph) and/ or QuantiFERON®-TB Gold Plus test (QFT) NOTE: Positive QFT (or 2 or more tests that are indeterminate) and/or positive imaging result (within 12 weeks prior to Screening or at Screening) excludes a patient from participation in the study (except for patients who have documentation of completing an acceptable regimen for treatment of latent tuberculosis with no known re-exposure to tuberculosis since treatment completion) History or evidence of opportunistic infections (eg, histoplasmosis, listeriosis, legionellosis) Known immune deficiency, known human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) positive or positive at Screening, or immunocompromised for other reasons Serology positive for hepatitis B virus (HBV) surface antigen (HBsAg) or core antibody (HBcAb) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) antibody (HCV-Ab) or ribonucleic acid (HCV RNA). Patients treated for HCV and considered cured (negative HCV RNA) may participate in the study Positive RT-PCR or the equivalent COVID-19 test at Screening History or evidence of ongoing significant drug or alcohol abuse Known depression or other psychiatric condition, which in the Investigator's opinion may decrease likelihood of participant adherence to the study protocol requirements History of vaccination with live vaccines within the preceding 8 weeks prior to Baseline or known to require vaccination with live vaccines during the study period For female participants, currently breastfeeding (lactating) or less than 12 weeks from cessation of lactation Pregnant woman where pregnancy is defined as the state of a woman after conception and until the termination of gestation, confirmed by a positive serum pregnancy test at Screening or positive urine pregnancy test at Baseline Patient is considered by the Investigator, for any reason, to be an unsuitable candidate for the study




Active, not recruiting


Phase 1

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Start Date / End Date:

15/03/2021 -



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1 Study Locations

United States

Atlanta Research Center for Rheumatology
Atlanta, Georgia, 30060
United States

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