Ocular Sarcoidosis Open Label Trial of ACTHAR Gel

  • End date
    Dec 13, 2021
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    The Cleveland Clinic
Updated on 13 February 2021
topical corticosteroid
ocular inflammation
acute anterior uveitis
prednisolone acetate ophthalmic suspension
anterior uveitis


Treatment with ACTHAR Gel will result in a reduction of ocular inflammation in patients with active ocular sarcoidosis that requires systemic immunosuppressant therapy (hypothesis)


The initial treatment of ocular sarcoidosis usually relies on a combination of topical glucocorticoids and oral glucocorticoids, both of which are associated with significant ocular and systemic toxicities. Steroid-sparing therapies are limited by variable and unpredictable efficacy, prolonged time until clinical response, medication intolerance, and difficulties obtaining payor approval. As a result, it is not uncommon that treating physicians must choose between excessive glucocorticoid toxicity versus poor control of ocular inflammation. Ongoing ocular inflammation, in turn, leads to eventual visual loss and occasionally blindness.

There is a need for a more reliable, expeditious therapy that can be used as an alternative to glucocorticoids in sarcoidosis uveitis. Adrenocorticotropic hormone, through activation of melanocortin receptors on leukocytes, can dampen immune responses through non-glucocorticoid dependent mechanisms. The proposed study will aim to define whether there is effectiveness for ACTHAR gel in these patients, delineate an effect dosing regimen, and provide information about the safety of this approach for moderate to severe ocular sarcoidosis.

ACTHAR is a 39-amino acid peptide natural form of adrenocorticotropin hormone (ACTH) that was initially approved in 1952 by the FDA. It has since been approved for 19 indications including respiratory sarcoidosis, multiple sclerosis, and infantile spasms.

Condition Anterior uveitis, Panuveitis, Uveitis, Ocular Sarcoidosis, acute anterior uveitis
Treatment Repository Corticotropin Injection, Repository Corticotropin Injection -Treatment Extension
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT02725177
SponsorThe Cleveland Clinic
Last Modified on13 February 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Is your age between 18 yrs and 99 yrs?
Gender: Male or Female
Do you have any of these conditions: Uveitis or Anterior uveitis or Panuveitis or Ocular Sarcoidosis?
Do you have any of these conditions: Anterior uveitis or Ocular Sarcoidosis or acute anterior uveitis or Uveitis or Panuveitis?
Do you have any of these conditions: Uveitis or acute anterior uveitis or Panuveitis or Ocular Sarcoidosis or Anterior uveitis?
Patient with sarcoidosis as defined by ATS/ERS/WASOG guidelines (American Thoracic Society/European Respiratory Society /World Association of Sarcoidosis and Other Granulomatous Diseases)
Any posterior, intermediate or panuveitis of sufficient severity to warrant therapy, in the opinion of the treating physician --OR-- Anterior uveitis requiring 4 or more daily applications of topical corticosteroids to maintain control of inflammation, or uncontrolled with topical therapy
Persistent disease activity (active uveitis) at the time of screening

Exclusion Criteria

Other cause for ocular inflammation
Uncontrolled diabetes, hypertension, or other contra-indication to increased dosage of glucocorticoids
Recent (less than 4 weeks) intra-ocular or intra-orbital steroid injection
Escalation of immunosuppressive medications between screening and initiation of the study medication
Severe extra-ocular sarcoidosis likely to require additional therapy (in the opinion of the investigator)
Administration of an investigational medication for sarcoidosis within 3 months, or 5 half-lives, whichever is longer
Have a history of any opportunistic infection within 6 months prior to screening
Have any history of malignancy, except fully resected cutaneous squamous cell cancer or cutaneous basal cell cancer, or cervical carcinoma in-situ with a minimum of 5 years period without recurrence
Severe other organ disease felt to be likely to lead to death within the next six months
Unable to follow the study protocol, including the requisite travel and follow-up ocular testing
Women of childbearing potential must be using adequate birth control measures (abstinence, hormonal contraceptives, intrauterine device, barrier method with spermicide, or surgical sterilization) and must agree to continue such precautions, and not become pregnant or plan a pregnancy for 6 months after receiving their last treatment with study agent. Women of childbearing potential must test negative on a serum pregnancy test at screening
Breastfeeding women are excluded from participation
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