Safety and efficacy of daclizumab in relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis: 3-year results from the SELECTED open-label extension study

BMC Neurol. 2016 Jul 26;16:117. doi: 10.1186/s12883-016-0635-y.


Background: Daclizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody against CD25 that modulates interleukin 2 signaling. The SELECT TRILOGY of clinical studies (SELECT/SELECTION/SELECTED) evaluated the safety and efficacy of daclizumab in patients with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS). We report the long-term safety and efficacy of daclizumab 150 mg subcutaneous every 4 weeks in patients with RRMS in the SELECTED open-label extension study.

Methods: An interim intent-to-treat analysis of all enrolled patients was performed in January 2014 for this ongoing study.

Results: The SELECTED study enrolled 90% of patients who completed SELECTION. In the safety and efficacy analysis (N = 410), median treatment time in SELECTED was 25 months (range, <1-45). Adverse events (AEs) were reported in 76% of patients, serious AEs (SAEs) excluding MS relapse in 16%, and treatment discontinuation due to AEs including multiple sclerosis (MS) relapse in 12%. AEs were primarily of mild to moderate severity, and common AEs (≥10%), excluding MS relapse, were nasopharyngitis (12%) and upper respiratory tract infection (12%). Most commonly reported SAEs (in ≥3 patients), excluding MS relapses, were increased serum hepatic enzymes, pneumonia, ulcerative colitis, and urinary tract infection (<1% each). Incidences of AE groups of interest include cutaneous events (28%), cutaneous SAEs (2%), gastrointestinal SAEs (2%), hepatic SAEs, (1%) and malignancies (1%). The incidence of AEs, SAEs, and treatment-related study discontinuations did not increase over time and no deaths were reported. The adjusted annualized relapse rate (95% confidence interval (CI)) analyzed at 6-month intervals was 0.15 (0.10-0.22) for weeks 97-120 and 0.15 (0.10-0.21) for weeks 121-144. In year 3, the adjusted mean (95% CI) number of new/newly enlarging T2 hyperintense lesions was 1.26 (0.93-1.72) and the mean (median) annualized change in brain volume was -0.32% (-0.34%).

Conclusions: The AE incidence did not increase with extension of therapy into year 3 in SELECTED; the safety profile was similar to that previously observed. The clinical efficacy of daclizumab was sustained over the 3 years comprising the SELECT TRILOGY, although potential selection bias cannot be excluded.

Trial registration: NCT01051349; first registered January 15, 2010.

Keywords: Daclizumab; Efficacy; Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis; Safety.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Multicenter Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alanine Transaminase / drug effects
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized / administration & dosage
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized / adverse effects
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized / therapeutic use*
  • Aspartate Aminotransferases / drug effects
  • Brain / drug effects
  • Cohort Studies
  • Colitis, Ulcerative / chemically induced
  • Daclizumab
  • Drug Eruptions / etiology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulin G / administration & dosage
  • Immunoglobulin G / adverse effects
  • Immunoglobulin G / therapeutic use*
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / administration & dosage
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / adverse effects
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Injections, Subcutaneous
  • Intention to Treat Analysis
  • Interleukin-2 Receptor alpha Subunit / administration & dosage
  • Interleukin-2 Receptor alpha Subunit / therapeutic use*
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Multiple Sclerosis, Relapsing-Remitting / drug therapy*
  • Nasopharyngitis / chemically induced
  • Pneumonia / chemically induced
  • Recurrence
  • Respiratory Tract Infections / chemically induced
  • Safety
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Urinary Tract Infections / chemically induced


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
  • Immunoglobulin G
  • Immunosuppressive Agents
  • Interleukin-2 Receptor alpha Subunit
  • Daclizumab
  • Aspartate Aminotransferases
  • Alanine Transaminase

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