This is a single-arm, open-label study to assess the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, safety, and exploratory efficacy of tocilizumab (TCZ) for the treatment of pediatric patients from birth to less than 18 years old hospitalized with COVID-19 and who are receiving systemic corticosteroids and require supplemental oxygen or mechanical ventilation.



Eligible Ages
Under 17 Years
Eligible Genders
Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion Criteria

  • Hospitalized with COVID-19 confirmed per a positive PCR of any specimen (e.g., respiratory, blood, urine, stool, or other bodily fluid) and evidenced by chest x-ray or CT scan - Receiving systemic corticosteroids at baseline - Oxygen saturation < 93% on room air, or requiring supplemental oxygen, non-invasive or invasive mechanical ventilation, or extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to maintain oxygen saturation > 92% at screening and baseline

Exclusion Criteria

  • Gestational age < 37 weeks - Known severe allergic reactions to TCZ or other monoclonal antibodies - Active tuberculosis infection - Uncontrolled active bacterial, fungal, viral, or other infection (besides COVID-19) - Diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C) - In the opinion of the investigator, progression to death is imminent and inevitable within the next 48 hours, irrespective of the provision of treatments - Have received oral anti-rejection or immunomodulatory drugs (including TCZ) within the past 3 months prior to enrollment - Treatment with an investigational drug within 5 drug-elimination half-lives or 30 days, whichever is longer, of enrollment (except for anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies or directly-acting antivirals) - Participating in another interventional drug clinical trial (except for anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies or directly-acting antivirals)

Study Design

Phase 1
Study Type
Intervention Model
Single Group Assignment
Primary Purpose
None (Open Label)

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
All Participants
Participants who are hospitalized with COVID-19 and who are receiving systemic corticosteroids and require supplemental oxygen or mechanical ventilation will receive a single dose of TCZ on Day 1, with the option to receive a second dose 8-24 hours later if clinically indicated.
  • Drug: Tocilizumab
    Participants will receive intravenous (IV) tocilizumab

Recruiting Locations

Tulane University Health Sciences Center
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-2632

More Details

Hoffmann-La Roche

Study Contact

Reference Study ID Number: WA43811 https://forpatients.roche.com/


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