Testing Omega-3 Replacement Treatment for Systemic Lupus

Omega-3 Replacement With Krill Oil in Disease Management of SLE

A randomized, double-blind controlled, multicenter study in SLE patients given AKBM-3031or placebo for 24 weeks (randomized period) and followed by an open label extension (OLE) treatment with AKBM-3031 for the next 24 weeks. Patients will be maintained on stable doses of background medications, except for glucocorticoids. Decreases in doses of glucocorticoids will be encouraged during the first 20 weeks of both the randomized and open label extension portions of the trial. Stable doses of glucocorticoids and other background medications are required during weeks 20-22 and 44-48.If indicated by the PI, brief increases in corticosteroids are permitted during the first 20 weeks of both the blinded and open label extension portion of the trial. The increase in prednisone (or equivalent) dose is limited to 2X the back-ground level to a maximum of20 mg/day for a maximum of 1 week (7 days) or to a single administration of intravenous methylprednisolone or equivalent at a maximum dose of 500mg. Stable doses of glucocorticoids and other background medications are required during weeks 20-22 and 44-48

No pharmaceutical medication involved
Recruiting patients only

Dietary Supplement - AKBM-3031

Krill are shrimp-like small crustaceans (up to 6 cm) found in all the world's oceans, but mostly in the Arctic and Antarctic polar seas. Krill are rich in the long-chain omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids or LC-PUFAs eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, C20:5n3) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, C22:6n3). The lipid pool of krill is composed of phospholipids and triglycerides and the LC-PUFAs are primarily in the phospholipid fraction. The product is produced under food Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) reg more on


The placebo will be provided in capsules looking exactly as the krill oil capsules and will contain a fatty acid mixture (olive oil, corn oil, palm oil and medium chain triglycerides) which has the same composition as the average European diet (26.0% C16:0, 4.6% C18:0, 35.8% C18:1n9, 16.7% C18:2n6, 2.1% C18:3n3, 0% C20:4n6 and 14.8% other compounds) and contains no EPA or DHA.

A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Randomized, Multicenter Study to Assess Changes in Omega-3 Index in Erythrocytes and Health Benefit After 24 Weeks of Daily Consumption of AKBM-3031 (Omega-3 Phospholipids From Krill), Followed by a 24 Week Open-Label Extension, in Patients With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)