Imatinib for Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Relapses

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    Tomas Olsson
Updated on 14 February 2022
clinically isolated syndrome
oligoclonal bands


To investigate if treatment with Imatinib results in a better outcome than standard care in form of Methylprednisolone(MP) after MS-associated relapses.

Condition Multiple Sclerosis
Treatment Imatinib Mesylate, Methylprednisolone
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT03674099
SponsorTomas Olsson
Last Modified on14 February 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

An acute exacerbation, relapse, in persons with RRMS, either newly diagnosis or on treatment with one of the long-term immunomodulatory drugs, or possible MS where the diagnosis is supported by typical MRI or cerebrospinal fluid changes typical of MS (this enables inclusion of persons with a first neuroinflammatory bout, with high risk of developing MS before fulfilling the McDonald criteria for definite MS, or high risk for developing MS in the category clinically isolated syndrome (CIS)/possible MS with supporting MRI lesions and/or cerebrospinal fluid aberrations suggesting intra-thecal immunoglobulin synthesis with oligoclonal bands/and/or increased free Kappa Light chains. The relapse should be deemed to require relapse treatment by the investigator and affect a functional domain with a minimum of grade 2
-55 years of age
Affection of any of the following EDSS sub-domains representing the targeted neurological deficit: 1. Visual function. grade 0-6, 2. Brain stem function grade 0-5. 3\. Pyramidal function, grade 0-6. 4. Cerebellar function, grade 0-5. 5. Sensory function grade 0-6, and deterioration at least one step in any of these EDSS domains
EDSS 6 before the acute exacerbation
Women of child-bearing potential, defined as all women physiologically capable of becoming pregnant, if they are using effective methods of contraception during the study. Acceptable birth control methods are those with a failure rate of less than 1% per year when used consistently and correctly according to CTFG, September 2014 "Recommendations related to contraception and pregnancy testing in clinical trials". Such methods include
Combined (estrogen and progestogen containing hormonal contraception associated with inhibition of ovulation
transdermal 2. progestogen-only hormonal contraception associated with inhibition of ovulation
implantable 3. intrauterine device (IUD) 4. intrauterine hormone-releasing system (IUS) 5. bilateral tubal occlusion 6. total abstinence or vasectomized partner

Exclusion Criteria

A pseudo-relapse should be excluded, as deemed by the experienced treating neurologist, and as evidenced by an active infection, likely with fever, with reappearing new signs and symptoms in a previously affected neurological function
Inability to provide informed consent
Concomitant medication with drugs which may increase the plasma concentration of Imatinib - ketoconazole, itraconazole , erythromycin and clarithromycin
Concomitant medication with drugs which may decrease the plasma concentration of Imatinib: dexamethasone, phenytoin, carbamazepin, rifampicin, phenobarbital, fosphenytoin, primidon, Hypericum perforatum (St John's wort)
Female patients with childbearing potential, if pregnancy cannot be excluded by pregnancy test (urine point-of-care pregnancy test)
Patient is participating in other interventional study
General infection or any other condition judged by the treating neurologist to contra-indicate Imatinib
Any laboratory deviation of general bodily functions such as kidney, or renal function judged to be of clinical significance by the treating neurologist constitutes an exclusion criteria
Patients with a positive Hepatitis B-DNA test result or serology indicating latent infection
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