Intravitreal Adalimumab Versus Subcutaneous Adalimumab in Non-infectious Uveitis

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Brief Title

Intravitreal Adalimumab Versus Subcutaneous Adalimumab in Non-infectious Uveitis

Official Title

Efficacy of Intravitreal Adalimumab Compared to Subcutaneous Adalimumab in Patients With Non-infectious Uveitis

Brief Summary

      The objective of this study is to compare and evaluate the efficacy of subcutaneous (40mg)
      adalimumab biweekly injections to intravitreal adalimumab (1.5 mg/ 0.03 mL) administration,
      given at zero, 2 weeks then every four weeks, in subjects with active non-infectious
      intermediate-, posterior-, or pan-uveitis.

Detailed Description

      Subject groups:

      32 subjects will be enrolled in this study, 16 in each arm. They will be randomized to
      receive either 1.5 mg/ 0.03 mL of adalimumab by intravitreal injection or 40 mg of adalimumab
      subcutaneously at their first treatment visit and at the 2 weeks visit if eligible for a
      repeat injection. Follow up will be every 2 days the first week then one week later and after
      that every 4-week intervals for total of 26 weeks.

      Intervention Details:

        -  Systemic adalimumab: Subcutaneous injection of 40 mg adalimumab (Humira) given every 2

        -  Local adalimumab: Intravitreal injection of 1.5mg/0.03ml adalimumab given at zero, 2
           weeks, and then every 4 weeks.

      Pre-treatment work up

      Patients will undergo a comprehensive eye exam:

        -  Visual acuity, slit-lamp examination of the anterior segment, dilated fundus
           examination, electroretinography (ERG) and fluorescein angiography (FA).

        -  Central macular thickness of all eyes will be measured with ocular coherence tomography
           before treatment.

        -  Purified Protein Derivative (PPD), Complete blood count (CBC) and SGPT.

      Post-injection follow-up

        -  Patients will be followed up every 2 days during the first week then one week later and
           after that every 4-week intervals.

        -  On follow up visits, if deterioration in vision of two or more ETDRS lines or worsening
           of ocular inflammation by more than 1+ cells/haze is detected at any visit, patients
           will be removed from the study and receive appropriate treatment. Otherwise, if vision
           was stable or improved and/or inflammation is same or better, patients will be

        -  Follow up is for 26 weeks.

        -  OCT and fluorescein angiography each visit.

        -  ERG will be performed at baseline and 26 weeks.

        -  Blood studies (CBC and SGPT) will be performed at baseline, 14 weeks and at 26 weeks.

        -  Injections would be delayed if a patient has an acute infection and would be given when
           it subsides.

Study Phase

Phase 2

Study Type


Primary Outcome

Vitreous Haze

Secondary Outcome

 Visual Acuity





Study Arms / Comparison Groups

Description:  Intravitreal injection of 1.5mg/0.03ml adalimumab given at zero, 2 weeks, and then every 4 weeks.


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Recruitment Information

Recruitment Status


Estimated Enrollment


Start Date

February 2016

Completion Date

June 2019

Primary Completion Date

December 2018

Eligibility Criteria

        Inclusion Criteria:

          -  Subject is ≥ 18 years of age.

          -  Subject is diagnosed with non-infectious intermediate-, posterior-, or pan-uveitis.

          -  Subject must have active disease at baseline as defined by the presence of at least 1
             of the following parameters in at least one eye despite at least 2 weeks of prednisone
             ≥ 10 mg/day (or oral corticosteroid equivalent):

               -  Active, inflammatory, chorioretinal and/or inflammatory retinal vascular lesion

               -  ≥ 1+ anterior chamber cells (Standardization of Uveitis Nomenclature [SUN]

               -  ≥ 1+ vitreous haze (National Eye Institute [NEI]/SUN criteria)

          -  Subject with documented prior adequate response to oral corticosteroids (equivalent of
             oral prednisone up to 1 mg/kg/day).

          -  If subject is on prednisone >=10 mg (or corticosteroid equivalent) at baseline, the
             dose has not been increased or decreased in the past 14 days.

          -  No increase in the immune modulatory therapy in the past three months

          -  Negative PPD test.

          -  Positive PPD test on anti Tb medications.

        Exclusion Criteria:

          -  Subject with isolated anterior uveitis.

          -  Subject with confirmed or suspected infectious uveitis, including but not limited to
             infectious uveitis due to TB, cytomegalovirus, lyme disease, toxoplasmosis and herpes
             simplex virus (HSV).

          -  Subject with serpiginous choroidopathy.

          -  Subject with corneal or lens opacity that precludes visualization of the fundus or
             that likely requires cataract surgery during the duration of the trial.

          -  Subject with corneal or lens opacities that preclude the evaluation of the vitreous

          -  Subject with uncontrolled high intraocular pressure of ≥ 25 mmHg on maximal therapy.

          -  Subject with intermediate uveitis and symptoms and/or MRI findings suggestive of a
             demyelinating disease such as multiple sclerosis. All subjects with intermediate
             uveitis must have had a prior brain MRI at time of or after diagnosis of intermediate

          -  Subject has received glucocorticosteroids implant (Retisert®), or Ozurdex within 6
             months prior to baseline visit.

          -  Subject has received intraocular or periocular corticosteroids or intravitreal
             methotrexate within 90 days prior to Baseline visit.

          -  Subject with proliferative or severe non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy.

          -  Subject with neovascular/wet age-related macular degeneration

          -  Subject with abnormality of vitreo-retinal interface (i.e., vitreomacular traction,
             epiretinal membranes, etc.) with the potential for macular structural damage
             independent of the inflammatory process.

          -  Subject with a systemic inflammatory disease and requires additional therapy with a
             systemic immunosuppressive agent at the time of study entry.

          -  Subjects with history of active or latent Mycobacterium tuberculosis documented by
             Purified Protein Derivative (PPD) and chest X-ray and not anti tuberculosis (TB)




18 Years - N/A

Accepts Healthy Volunteers



Rola N Hamam, MD, +961-1-350000, [email protected]

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Administrative Informations



Organization ID


Responsible Party


Study Sponsor

American University of Beirut Medical Center

Study Sponsor

Rola N Hamam, MD, Principal Investigator, American University of Beirut Medical Center

Verification Date

February 2016