COMMIT (Combination Of Maintenance Methotrexate-Infliximab Trial)
A Phase III Randomized, Placebo-Controlled, Double-Blind, Parallel Group, Multi-Centre Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Infliximab in Combination With Methotrexate for the Long-term Treatment of Crohn's Disease (CD)
  • Phase

    Phase 3
  • Study Type

  • Status

    Completed No Results Posted
  • Intervention/Treatment

    naltrexone ...
  • Study Participants

The primary objective is to compare the efficacy and safety of infliximab plus methotrexate to infliximab alone for the long-term control of signs and symptoms of Crohn's disease (CD) in patients with symptoms that are persistent enough to require corticosteroid therapy.
The current approach to the treatment of Crohn's Disease is based on "step care". This strategy is relatively ineffective for the long-term management of patients who require treatment with corticosteroids. Although azathioprine, methotrexate and infliximab are modestly effective in this high-risk population, long-term corticosteroid-free response rates are low. Thus combination therapy is an attractive option to explore. Based on a favourable experience with dual therapy in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and the demonstrated efficacy of methotrexate in corticosteroid-dependent CD, we expect that combination therapy with methotrexate and infliximab will be significantly more effective than infliximab monotherapy. Furthermore combined therapy is likely to be highly effective in preventing formation of the antibodies to infliximab that are an important limitation to the continued successful use of this drug.

This is a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, parallel group, multi-centre study. Subjects who have initiated corticosteroid induction therapy within the preceding 6 weeks will be randomized (irrespective of CDAI defined disease activity) in a 1:1 ratio to either methotrexate or placebo for a period of 50 weeks in combination with infliximab administered for 8 infusions. Randomization will be stratified by:

Treatment with or without Imuran/6-mercaptopurine in the 2-12 months prior to randomization;
Prednisone dose <20 mg or ≥20 mg daily at randomization;
CDAI <150 or ≥150 at randomization.
Study Started
Dec 31
Primary Completion
Feb 29
Study Completion
Jul 31
Last Update
Dec 11

Drug Methotrexate

Methotrexate and infliximab combination

Drug Placebo

Placebo and infliximab combination therapy.

Placebo Placebo Comparator

Placebo plus infliximab combination

Methotrexate Active Comparator

Methotrexate and infliximab combination


Inclusion Criteria:

Male, or non-pregnant/non-lactating females, 18 or older
Established Crohn's disease with active symptoms requiring prednisone therapy.
Females of child-bearing potential must have a negative pregnancy test and must agree to use adequate contraception

Exclusion Criteria:

Intolerance or hypersensitivity to infliximab, methotrexate, prednisone and or known allergy to murine proteins or other chimeric proteins
Are pregnant, nursing, or planning pregnancy (both men and women) during or in the 6 months after the study
In the 2 months prior to screening, have had a serious infection, or have been hospitalized for and/or treated with intravenous (IV) antibiotics for infection. In the 6 months prior to screening, have had an opportunistic infection.
After screening, need to continue non-study medical therapy for CD
In the 8 weeks prior to screening, have received any of the following: systemic steroid therapy, azathioprine, 6-mercaptopurine, cyclosporine, probiotic products, or omega-3 fatty acids
Have received any of the following: biologics in the last 6 months; methotrexate in the last year; and/or ever received infliximab.
Have any of the following: biopsy-proven cirrhosis, clinically important lung disease, pre-existing demyelinating disorder, systemic lupus erythematosus, congestive heart failure, diabetes mellitus (insulin dependent), increased risk for steroid-related side effects, body weight 40% higher than standard, human immunodeficiency virus and/or hepatitis B or hepatitis C
Have any of the following: an active draining fistula as the primary manifestation of CD; documented short bowel syndrome; a stoma; or severe, and/or fixed symptomatic stenosis of the intestine.
Have had any of the following: clinically important bowel obstruction in the last 3 months; a bowel resection in the last 3 months; and/or other intra-abdominal surgery within 6 months.
Clinically significant impairment in cardiac, liver or renal function; central nervous system (CNS), pulmonary, hematological, immunological, vascular and gastrointestinal disease in addition to CD; current malignancy or malignancy within 5 years prior to screening.
No Results Posted