EYEGUARD-C is designed to enroll 300 patients worldwide. They will be randomized to receive either doses of gevokizumab or placebo, monthly for twelve months. All patients will undergo a predetermined reduction in their steroid doses. The study's primary endpoint is the proportion of patients with an occurrence of uveitic disease through Day 168. The study also will assess other important measures of improvement in their uveitic disease including the reduction of steroid use.Paul Rubin, M.D., XOMA's Senior Vice President of Research and Development and Chief Medical Officer, stated, "It was a natural decision to expand the required safety study to a full efficacy trial, particularly in the NIU patient population. Long-term treatment with corticosteroids is detrimental to the patient's overall health, and the immunosuppressants being used today put the patient at significant risk of infection. We believe our antibody may be able to prevent acute exacerbation of the disease and allow physicians to reduce or even eliminate the use of corticosteroids and other immunosuppressant medications."
XOMA Initiates Safety And Efficacy Study Of Gevokizumab In Patients With Non-Infectious Uveitis Currently Controlled By Systemic Treatment
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