About Pulmonary Sarcoidosis
Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease of unknown cause, characterized by the formation of granulomas (clumps of inflammatory cells) in one or more organs in the body. Sarcoidosis affects people of all ages, and is commonly first diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 39 years. Approximately 1.2 million people currently live with sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis can occur in any organ in the body but affects the lungs in over 90% of patients. Sarcoidosis in the lungs is called pulmonary sarcoidosis. The prognosis for patients with pulmonary sarcoidosis ranges from benign and resolving without treatment to chronic, progressive disease. Chronic, unresolved inflammation in the lungs may result in scarring (fibrosis) that permanently damages the lung tissue and can lead to lung failure and death. The current standard of care for patients with pulmonary sarcoidosis involves treatment with corticosteroids (e.g. prednisone) and other immunosuppressive therapies (e.g. methotrexate), which have limited evidence of effectiveness and can cause serious long-term side effects. There is a need for new treatment options for sarcoidosis patients with progressive disease.
About the EFZO-FITTM Study and Efzofitimod
Efzofitimod is being tested for the treatment of pulmonary sarcoidosis. This study will test whether efzofitimod will allow people to reduce the dose of steroids they are taking to treat their disease, while maintaining symptom control and preserving lung function.
Efzofitimod is a protein which may help to reduce inflammation in the lungs. Inflammation is a word used to describe a response in the body tissues that is associated with an increase in immune cells (white blood cells). In animal studies, efzofitimod was found to improve lung disease caused by inflammation and reduce the permanent scarring that can occur as a result. By targeting chronic lung inflammation, efzofitimod may help improve symptoms, prevent permanent lung damage, and preserve lung function in people with pulmonary sarcoidosis. Efzofitimod may also allow patients to discontinue taking other drug treatments for pulmonary sarcoidosis that may have unwanted side effects. Efzofitimod is an investigational drug that has not been approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or any global regulatory agency for the treatment of any condition.
If you are interested in enrolling in a research study investigating a treatment for Pulmonary Sarcoidosis, consider participating in the EFZO-FITTM study. You may be eligible to participate if you:
- Are an adult aged 18 to 75 years
- Have had pulmonary sarcoidosis for at least 6 months, and currently have symptoms
- Have a body weight between 40 kg (88 lbs) and 160 kg (352 lbs)
- Have been receiving treatment with oral corticosteroids (prednisone or equivalent) for at least 3 months (with the same dose of steroid between 7.5 and 25 mg/day for at least 4 weeks)
- Are willing and able to attempt to gradually stop taking oral corticosteroids during the study
- Are willing to commit to attending required study visits and tests for the duration of the study (approximately 1 year)
Additional criteria will be used to determine your eligibility for this study.