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Current evidence on tapering of tumor necrosis factor inhibitors (TNFi) in axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) is still hampered by heterogeneity in tapering regimens, selection and performance biases, and lack of data on optimized treatment dosing strategies especially in real-world clinical settings. This study aims to contribute to the ongoing investigation of disease-activity-guided tapering of TNFi in axSpA in the form of a prospective, randomized controlled trial.


Clinical Trial Description

This is a 48-week randomized, controlled, open-label, non-inferiority trial of patients with radiographic or non-radiographic axial spondyloarthritis. The study will include 156 patients with inactive disease or low disease activity (LDA) for at least 6 months on a TNFi at the time of randomization. Participants will be randomized using a 1:1 ratio to either the tapered-dose arm or the standard-dose arm of TNFi. Progressive tapering of TNFi according to a predefined protocol will be allowed as long as the patient is able to maintain inactive disease or LDA during the study period. We hypothesize that, in patients with 6 months or more of inactive or low-activity axial spondyloarthritis, tapered-dose TNFi are non-inferior to standard-dose TNFi in sustaining the disease state for at least 1 year. ;


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NCT number NCT05115903
Study type Interventional
Source University Health Network, Toronto
Contact Patricia Remalante-Rayco, MD
Phone 416-603-5869
Email [email protected]
Status Not yet recruiting
Phase Phase 4
Start date November 1, 2021
Completion date November 30, 2022

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