Cimzia Trial Recap

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   Posted 10/22/2009 5:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I recently finished a Cimzia trial and thought I'd share my experience. I first met with a nurse that oversees trials at my gastroenterologist during which she screened me and I think I filled out an application. On my next visit less than a week later I returned with a stool sample, had blood drawn, gave a urine sample, and had a chest x-ray to screen for TB. Once I was approved, I got two Cimzia shots every 2 weeks, had blood drawn, and gave a urine sample. I also turned in a daily diary documenting my number of loose stools, abdominal discomfort, and overall well-being. There was also a questionnaire of about 40 questions. I had to get another chest x-ray at the conclusion of the trial. The trial lasted about 2 months and EVERYTHING was free: chest x-rays ($100's?), blood tests (which my GE uses for regular visits), stool test ($100's?), Cimzia (~$1800/2 shots), urine test. On top of all that I also got paid! $40/visit for a total of $240. I have now been carried over into another Cimzia trial which is unblinded (I'm definitely getting actual drug whereas with the previous trial placebo was 50%) and apparently lasts up to five years (FREE Cimzia, tests, etc.). I bump up to one visit every 4 weeks in about a month. I feel great and think I'm mostly in remission (I was flaring pretty bad before the trial) and think Cimzia's likely to thank, but I'll see when I taper off Prednisone (had to remain at a constant dose throughout the first trial). Unfortunately this trial is closed but there are other trials that are open, such as Vedolizumab. I'm glad I enrolled in the trial and recommend others inquire with their GE's about trials. I do have concerns about the long-term consequences (increased cancer risks), but with any of these drugs you're picking your poison. Hope this helps.

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   Posted 10/25/2009 5:25 PM (GMT -6)   
GDen, I was in a clinical trial for Cimzia about a year and a half ago, when it was in the phase III clinical trials.  I also loved getting free medication and doctor's visits.  I think I received about $40 a visit also, but I don't remember for sure.  I just liked having so much doctor attention...if I had any problems at all, someone listened and really cared for once.  We thought that my trial would continue once Cimzia was available on the market for a "long-term" study of 5 years, like you mentioned, but then we found out that ours was ending.  It sucked...I showed up and they were like, this is your last visit, this trial is over.  I could have stayed on it, but decided to try Humira to see if it would help the arthritis more.  After a year on Humira, I've just switched back to Cimzia and can tell a huge difference in 4 weeks.  My only concern is only being able to get Cimzia monthly now, because we got it every 2 weeks on the trial (I also knew I was getting the real drug because I originally got randomized into the placebo group and when I showed a decrease in response, they moved me into the open label group).  I'm glad to hear that someone else had a good response on the trial also, and it's great that you get to continue to do it!
Crohn's Disease, Acid Reflux/Gastritis, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Endometriosis, Arthritis, Depression/Anxiety.  Too many meds to list them all.  =) 

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