Efficacy and Safety of SAR441344 in the Treatment of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (APATURA)

  • End date
    Jan 30, 2025
  • participants needed
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Updated on 12 May 2023
antinuclear antibody


This is a multinational, randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel treatment, Phase 2, double-blind, 2 arm study evaluating the efficacy and safety of SAR441344 in comparison with placebo in the treatment of participants aged 18 to 70 years with active Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). Study details include:

  • Study duration: 36 weeks
  • Treatment duration: 24 weeks
  • Visit frequency: every 2 weeks

Condition Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Treatment Placebo SC, Placebo IV, SAR441344 IV, SAR441344 SC
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05039840
Last Modified on12 May 2023


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Inclusion Criteria

Diagnosis of SLE for at least 6 months prior to screening by fulfilling the Revised Criteria for Classification of SLE according to the 1997 Update of the 1982 ACR criteria
Positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) (titer ≥1:80) during screening
Positivity for at least one serological characteristic
Total hSELENA-SLEDAI score ≥6 (including points attributed from arthritis and rash) during screening and at least 4 points from clinical features at randomization as confirmed by a Sponsor-selected independent reviewer(s)
At least 1 BILAG A score or 2 BILAG B scores during screening as confirmed by a Sponsor-selected independent reviewer(s)
Receiving at least one of the standard of care (SOC) for SLE (combination is possible)
Body weight within 45 kg to 120 kg (inclusive) at screening
Contraceptive use by men or women should be consistent with local regulations regarding the methods of contraception for those participating in clinical studies

Exclusion Criteria

Primary diagnosis of a rheumatic disease besides SLE or an inflammatory joint or skin disease other than SLE that could confound the disease activity assessments
Active and severe lupus nephritis
Active severe or unstable neuropsychiatric SLE including but not limited to seizures, psychosis, acute confusional state, transverse myelitis, central nervous system vasculitis and optic neuritis
Known or suspected drug-induced lupus
History, clinical evidence, suspicion or significant risk, for thromboembolic events, as well as myocardial infarction, stroke, and/or antiphospholipid syndrome and any participants requiring antithrombotic treatment
History or current hypogammaglobulinemia
Serious systemic viral, bacterial or fungal infection
Participants with a history of invasive opportunistic infections, such as, but not limited to histoplasmosis, listeriosis, coccidioidomycosis, candidiasis, pneumocystis jirovecii, and aspergillosis, regardless of resolution
Evidence of active or untreated latent tuberculosis as documented by medical history (eg, chest Xrays) and examination, and tuberculosis testing
High dose of steroids, or a change in dose within 4 weeks prior to randomization
High dose of antimalarial, or a change in dose within 12 weeks prior to randomization
High dose of immunosuppressants or a change in dose within 12 weeks prior to randomization
Use of cyclophosphamide within 3 months prior to screening
Previous parenteral (IV), intramuscular (IM), or intra-articular steroid administration within 4 weeks prior to randomization
Participants likely to require multiple courses of oral corticosteroid (OCS) during the study for chronic diseases other than SLE
Administration of any live (attenuated) vaccine within 3 months prior to randomization (eg, varicella zoster vaccine, oral polio, rabies)
Administration of any non-live vaccine (eg, seasonal influenza, COVID-19) within 4 weeks prior to randomization
The above information is not intended to contain all considerations relevant to a patient's
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