Results With Rituxan

Rituxan® (rituximab), in combination with glucocorticoids, is the only FDA-approved induction therapy for adults with Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA) and Microscopic Polyangiitis (MPA). Talk with your doctor to see if Rituxan may be right for you.

Rituxan, in combination with glucocorticoids, may help put GPA and MPA into complete remission*

The Rituximab in ANCA-Associated Vasculitis (RAVE) trial was conducted by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Immune Tolerance Network with support from Genentech and Biogen. The goal of the trial was to see if Rituxan in combination with glucocorticoids worked as well as cyclophosphamide (control group) in bringing on complete remission at 6 months in adults with GPA and MPA. 

The RAVE trial showed that Rituxan worked as well as cyclophosphamide (64% vs 53%, respectively), to achieve complete remission at 6 months. Also, 38% of people in the Rituxan group maintained complete remission at 18 months following the single course of Rituxan; and 31% of those taking cyclophosphamide followed by azathioprine maintained complete remission at 18 months. The study also showed that there were no major differences between the overall side effects of Rituxan and cyclophosphamide followed by azathioprine. Talk to your doctor to learn more about these results and if Rituxan may be right for you.

*In a clinical trial for Rituxan, "complete remission" was defined as no disease activity and being able to stop steroids.

What is the most important information I should know about Rituxan?

Rituxan can cause serious side effects that can lead to death, including:

  • Infusion Reactions: Infusion reactions are the most common side effect of Rituxan treatment. Serious infusion reactions can happen during your infusion or within 24 hours after your infusion
  • Severe Skin and Mouth Reactions: painful sores or ulcers on your skin, lips, or in your mouth; blisters, peeling skin, rash, or pustules
  • Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) Reactivation: If you have had hepatitis B or are a carrier of hepatitis B virus, receiving Rituxan could cause the virus to become an active infection again
  • Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy (PML): a rare, serious brain infection caused by the JC virus

Please see below and the Rituxan Medication Guide for additional Important Side Effect Information, including Most Serious Side Effects.