Yes, why can’t we use anti-CD20 therapies as an immune constitution therapy (IRT) or at least adapt the dose based on B-cell reconstitution kinetics? And if we can’t beat the Swedes why can’t we join them?
ADIOS = ADaptIve Ocrelizumab dosing Study
There is mounting evidence from NMO and rheumatology that anti-CD20 therapies can be used as either a maintenance therapy or an immune reconstitution therapy (IRT). Another way of using them is to adjust the dose based on memory B-cell reconstitution (MBR) kinetics.
Adapting the dose of anti-CD20 therapies using MBR or as IRT has appeal as it will almost certainly be safer in terms of infections, the emergence of hypogammaglobulinaemia and possibly the ability to respond to vaccines. It could also lead to better family planning by being able to expand the treatment-free period safely. Another plus would be cost-saving for the NHS and the other healthcare
We are therefore in the process of designing a new trial to test standard interval dosing (SID) of ocrelizumab vs. adaptive dosing either using an MBR or an IRT protocol. What do you think? If you were on ocrelizumab would you sign up for this study? The advantage for you is that it may make your treatment safer in the long-term and it will potentially save the NHS millions.