Vedolizumab Monotherapy Vs Combination Therapy With Tacrolimus in UC
The aim of this study is to assess if a combination therapy of tacrolimus and vedolizumab is superior to vedolizumab monotherapy for induction of remission in moderate to severe UC, and its effect on long and short-term outcomes including colectomy rate. Secondary aim of this study is to assess the safety of tacrolimus as an induction agent in patients with UC.
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|Eligible Ages||18 Years - 65 Years|
Inclusion Criteria:1. Patients aged 18 to 65 years with a confirmed diagnosis of UC. 2. Diagnosis of UC established at least 6 months before enrollment or evidence of chronicity in colonic biopsies. 3. Patients with UC disease extent beyond 15 cm (must involve at least the sigmoid colon) 4. In female patients:
- - Post-menopausal for ≥1 year before screening, or - Surgically sterile, or - Agree to be on a contraceptive method from the screening visit through 4 weeks after discontinuing tacrolimus (or placebo), or - Completely abstain from heterosexual intercourse.
- - Mayo Clinic partial UC score of 6 to 12, with a baseline sigmoidoscopy sub-score of at least 2, and disease that extended 15 cm or more from the anal verge.
- - Steroid dependent patients (Appendix 1) - Steroid naïve or steroid responsive 7.
Exclusion Criteria:1. Positive stool test for parasites or stool culture for pathologic bacteria within 30 days prior to enrollment. 2. Evidence or history of Clostridium Difficile infection within 60 days prior to enrollment. 3. Active Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection evidenced by a positive CMV PCR in serum and/or positive immunohistochemistry stain in colonic tissue. 4. Uncontrolled hypertension. 5. Chronic kidney disease (defined as a glomerular filtration rate < 60 mL/min, calculated using the Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) formula) 6. Chronic liver disease. 7. A refractory electrolyte disorder (e.g. hypomagnesemia). 8. Persistent hypomagnesemia that does not respond to oral magnesium supplementation defined as a value <1.3 mEq/L in two separate readings, despite the administration of oral magnesium [10 meq of slow-release magnesium chloride three times per day for 48 hours]. 9. Persistent hypophosphatemia defined as levels <2.2 mg/dL in two separate readings, 48 hours apart despite phosphate supplementation (sodium phosphate/potassium phosphate 500 mg up to three times daily for 48 hours). 10. Creatinine values of 1.5 mg/dL in 2 separate readings. 11. Established diagnosis of diabetes mellitus. 12. Clinical or radiological evidence of megacolon. 13. Intestinal perforation, or abdominal abscess within 3 months prior to enrollment. 14. Active clinically significant bacterial infection (within 30 days of enrollment). 15. Personal history of total or sub-total colectomy. 16. Current Pregnancy or lactation. 17. Unstable or uncontrolled medical disorder. 18. Personal history of malignant neoplasm. 19. Inability to give informed consent. 20. History of alcohol or illicit drug abuse in the previous 6 months to enrollment. 21. Patient that have received any experimental drug within 6 months prior to enrollment. 22. Patients with previous exposure to vedolizumab, cyclosporine or tacrolimus. 23. Personal history of congenital or acquired immunodeficiency (eg, common variable immunodeficiency, human immunodeficiency virus [HIV] infection, organ transplantation) excluding pharmacologic immunosuppressant. 24. Any of the following laboratory abnormalities during the screening period: 1. Hemoglobin level <9 g/dL 2. WBC count <3 × 109/L 3. Lymphocyte count <0.5 × 109/L 4. Platelet count <100 × 109/L or >1200 × 109/L 5. Alanine aminotransferase (ALT) or aspartate aminotransferase (AST) >2 × the upper limit of normal (ULN) 25. To avoid interactions, patients on medications that induce or inhibit the Cytochrome p450 family 3, subfamily A (CYP3A) will be excluded. CYP3A inducers and inhibitors are shown in Appendix 3
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|Medical College of Wisconsin|
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|Andres J Yarur, MD|
|Principal Investigator Affiliation||Medical College of Wisconsin|
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Phase III studies have shown that patients with UC who received vedolizumab had a higher rate of clinical response, clinical remission and mucosal healing when compared to placebo3. Nevertheless, while clinical response rate was almost 50%, the rate of clinical remission at 6 weeks was only 16.9. In comparison, in the ACT trials almost 40% of patients achieved remission at week 84. The delayed onset of action of vedolizumab monotherapy in patients with UC may lead to a higher colectomy rate and limit the use of vedolizumab in patients with active disease who require rapid induction of remission. Corticosteroids are used as a bridging agent to rapidly induce remission. However, steroid refractory or dependent disease and steroid intolerance are common. Furthermore, steroids have devastating side effects. Tacrolimus inhibits the complexion of calcineurin with its respective cytoplasmic receptors cyclophilin and FK-binding protein 12 (FKBP-12), both of which regulate a calmodulin dependent-phosphatase. Tacrolimus has been found to be efficacious in the treatment of patients with moderate to severe UC. Unfortunately, because of the safety profile with long term use, the drug is mostly used as an induction agent. While switching to vedolizumab from another drug that has not been efficacious or has lost effectiveness (or starting vedolizumab as a first agent) can be beneficious in the long term, patients need an induction agent in order to achieve remission in a short period of time. Tacrolimus is a widely used drug to prevent implant rejection after a transplant. Randomized controlled trials have shown that is highly effective with good response rates even after 2 weeks of therapy. In order to avoid side effects, tacrolimus is usually used for a limited amount of time (12-14 weeks), which is sufficient time to induce remission of disease. Unfortunately, as other inflammatory bowel diseases, UC recurs and patients also require a maintenance therapy. While tacrolimus has been used with good results as a long term agent, the ideal scenario is to avoid its long term use as there is still a potential for side effects and a need for a very strict close monitoring. This is why a long term maintenance agent is needed to keep the patient in remission. Until recently, no ideal agent was available for this purpose, as while anti-tumor necrosis factor agents (infliximab and adalimumab) have been approved for ulcerative colitis, its combination with another agent that induces systemic immunosuppression (in this case, tacrolimus) could potentially increase the risk of infections and/or malignancies. Because vedolizumab is gut selective, does not affect the entire immune system and post-marketing studies have confirmed its safety profile. This makes it a perfect combination agent to tacrolimus, theoretically decreasing the potential side effect while increasing its efficacy. The hypothesis is that the addition of tacrolimus as an induction agent to a standard regimen of vedolizumab increases the efficacy of the drug, decreasing the rate of need for colectomy and other complications while quickly improving the patients' quality of life without significantly increasing the risk of adverse events.
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