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Methotrexate in Polymyositis and Dermatomyositis

Principal Investigator:

Jiri Vencovsky, Prague, Ingrid Lundberg, Stockholm


Study Design:

Phase 3, randomized, placebo controlled, multicenter, Europe


Types & Number of IIM Studied:

Active, early polymyositis and dermatomyositis (N = 100)


Entry Criteria:

Probable or definite Bohan and Peter criteria for polymyositis and dermatomyositis


IMACS Core Set Measures Included:

All - Physician and Patient Global Activity and Damage Assessments, 2 enzymes, Manual Muscle Testing, Health Assessment Questionnaire, Myositis Disease Activity Assessment Tool, Myositis Damage Index, Health-Related Quality of Life by SF-36


Other Measures Included:

IMACS Definitions of Improvement, muscle magnetic resonance imaging, muscle endurance (Myositis Functional Index)


Primary Outcome:

Cumulative dose of prednisone


Study Duration:

12 months



Initiation support from Wyeth-Lederle. Grant support from European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR)



Actively Enrolling



Jiri Vencovsky
Institute of Rheumatology
Na Slupi 4
12850 Praha 2
Czech Republic
Tel +42-02-3407-5111
Fax +42-02-2491-4451
Ingrid Lundberg, M.D., Ph.D.
Rheumatology Unit
Department of Medicine
Karolinska University Hospital
SE- 171 76 Stockholm, Sweden
Tel +46-8-5177-6087
Fax +46-8-5177-3080


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