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Ping Wei, Jia-Wei Yang, Hai-Wen Lu, Bei Mao, Wen-Lan Yang, Jin-Fu Xu
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: There is presently no clear evidence on the effect of combined treatment for non-cystic fibrosis (non-CF) bronchiectasis with inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) and long-acting β2-adrenergic agonist (LABA). The objective of this study is to assess the efficacy and safety of salmeterol-fluticasone combined inhaled therapy for non-CF bronchiectasis with airflow limitation. METHODS: An observational study was performed in 120 non-CF bronchiectasis patients diagnosed by high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scanning of the chest...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Manon Belhassen, Anjan Nibber, Eric Van Ganse, Dermot Ryan, Carole Langlois, Francis Appiagyei, Derek Skinner, Laurent Laforest, Joan B Soriano, David Price
Against recurrent controversies around the safety of short- and long-acting β2-agonists (SABA and LABA), and the National Review of Asthma Deaths inquiry in the United Kingdom, we investigated the prevalence of inappropriate therapy in asthma. Our study aimed to determine the prevalence of inappropriate use of asthma therapy in the United Kingdom and in France. Two interval, parallel, population-based cohorts (2007 and 2013) were developed in each country by using the UK OPCRD and the French EGB databases...
October 13, 2016: NPJ Primary Care Respiratory Medicine
David B Price, Gene Colice, Elliot Israel, Nicolas Roche, Dirkje S Postma, Theresa W Guilbert, Willem M C van Aalderen, Jonathan Grigg, Elizabeth V Hillyer, Victoria Thomas, Richard J Martin
Asthma management guidelines recommend adding a long-acting β2-agonist (LABA) or increasing the dose of inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) as step-up therapy for patients with uncontrolled asthma on ICS monotherapy. However, it is uncertain which option works best, which ICS particle size is most effective, and whether LABA should be administered by separate or combination inhalers. This historical, matched cohort study compared asthma-related outcomes for patients (aged 12-80 years) prescribed step-up therapy as a ≥50% extrafine ICS dose increase or add-on LABA, via either a separate inhaler or a fine-particle ICS/LABA fixed-dose combination (FDC) inhaler...
April 2016: ERJ Open Research
Stefan Andreas, Christer Janson, Maarten van den Berge, Lies Lahousse
SUMMIT supports the efficiency and cardiovascular safety of LABA and ICS in COPD patients at cardiovascular risk
April 2016: ERJ Open Research
Nanshan Zhong, Changzheng Wang, Xiangdong Zhou, Nuofu Zhang, Michael Humphries, Linda Wang, Francesco Patalano, Donald Banerji
Inhaled indacaterol/glycopyrronium fixed-dose combination (IND/GLY) is approved in over 80 countries, including the EU, Japan, Australia and Switzerland and the US. The LANTERN study evaluated the efficacy of IND/GLY compared with inhaled long-acting β2-agonist (LABA)/inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) or salmeterol/fluticasone (SFC) in patients with moderate-to-severe COPD with a history of ≤1 exacerbation in the previous year. Here we present the efficacy and safety of IND/GLY versus SFC in the Chinese cohort from the LANTERN study...
August 11, 2016: COPD
Andrea Arfè, Francesco Blasi, Luca Merlino, Giovanni Corrao
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the real-world effectiveness of several drugs (including short- and long-acting beta-agonists [SABAs and LABAs], inhaled corticosteroids [ICS], and antibiotics) in preventing severe asthma exacerbations by carrying-out a large observational study based on the healthcare utilization databases of the Italian Lombardy Region. METHODS: We identified all patients aged 6-40 years who performed an Emergency Department visit for asthma during 2010-2012 as cases...
October 2016: Respiratory Medicine
Kazutaka Mori, Tomoyuki Fujisawa, Naoki Inui, Dai Hashimoto, Noriyuki Enomoto, Yutaro Nakamura, Shigeki Kuroishi, Koshi Yokomura, Mikio Toyoshima, Shiro Imokawa, Takashi Yamada, Toshihiro Shirai, Masafumi Masuda, Hiroshi Hayakawa, Kingo Chida, Takafumi Suda
BACKGROUND: The stepping down of asthma treatment can be considered when asthma symptoms have been well controlled with inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs)/long-acting β2 adrenergic agonists (LABAs). However, few data are available comparing the efficacy between two step-down strategies, to reduce ICS/LABA dose or to withdraw LABA continuing ICS, in well-controlled asthmatics. METHODS: This was a prospective multicentre randomized, two-arm, controlled study. Ninety-one asthmatic patients controlled by budesonide/formoterol combination (BFC) 320/9 μg twice daily were assigned to 2 stepping-down treatments as follows: the BFC group; BUD/FM 160/4...
October 2016: Respiratory Medicine
David M G Halpin
Despite current therapeutic approaches asthma remains uncontrolled in a significant proportion of patients. Short-acting anticholinergic bronchodilators have a very long history of use in asthma, and recent data confirms the importance of acetylcholine as both a bronchoconstrictor and as a regulator of inflammation and remodeling in the lungs. Data from a comprehensive clinical trial programme, as well as use in primary care, show the efficacy and safety of tiotropium in adults with mild to moderate asthma when it is added to ICS and in severe asthma when it is added to high doses of ICS plus LABA, as well as in adolescents...
2016: World Allergy Organization Journal
Dan Xu, Yingshuo Wang, Zhimin Chen, Shuxian Li, Yungai Cheng, Li Zhang, Lingzhi Zhao
BACKGROUND: Asthma is a global problem. Prevalence varies among different countries and cities. We aimed to obtain the prevalence, describe the characteristics, and discover factors that may relate to asthma in Hangzhou. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was conducted in Hangzhou. The subjects were children aged 14 years and younger. A control group of non-asthma children that matched in age and sex with each asthmatic patient was also randomly selected and interviewed...
September 27, 2016: Respiratory Research
Robert Newton, Mark A Giembycz
In moderate-to-severe asthma, adding-on an inhaled long-acting β2 -adenoceptor agonist (LABA) to an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) provides superior disease control than simply increasing the dose of ICS. Acting on the glucocorticoid receptor (GR, gene NR3C1), ICSs promote anti-inflammatory/anti-asthma gene expression. In vitro, LABAs synergistically enhance the maximal expression of many glucocorticoid-induced genes. Other genes, including DUSP1 in human airways smooth muscle (ASM) and epithelial cells, are up-regulated additively by both drug classes...
September 20, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
Mario Cazzola, Paola Rogliani
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September 15, 2016: Evidence-based Medicine
Feisal A Al-Kassimi, Esam H Al-Hamad, Mohammed S Al-Hajjaj, Emad Raddaoui, Abdulaziz H Alzeer, Ahmad A Alboukai, Ali M Somily, Joseph G Cal, Abdalla F Ibrahim, Shaffi A Shaik
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Post-mortem and computed tomography (CT) studies indicated that emphysema is a feature of COPD even in the 'blue bloater/chronic bronchitis' type. We aim to test the hypothesis that the non-emphysematous patients are distinct from the main body of COPD and are more akin to asthmatic patients. METHODS: We studied 54 patients with COPD. Emphysema was measured by Goddard's visual scoring of CT scan and the carbon monoxide transfer coefficient (KCO)...
September 13, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
Marc Miravitlles, Anthony D'Urzo, Dave Singh, Vladimir Koblizek
Identifying patients at risk of exacerbations and managing them appropriately to reduce this risk represents an important clinical challenge. Numerous treatments have been assessed for the prevention of exacerbations and their efficacy may differ by patient phenotype. Given their centrality in the treatment of COPD, there is strong rationale for maximizing bronchodilation as an initial strategy to reduce exacerbation risk irrespective of patient phenotype. Therefore, in patients assessed as frequent exacerbators (>1 exacerbation/year) we propose initial bronchodilator treatment with a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA)/ long-acting β2-agonist (LABA)...
September 10, 2016: Respiratory Research
Christian Vogelberg
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory airway disease, and its treatment is frequently challenging despite detailed national and international guidelines. While basic anti-inflammatory therapy usually consists of inhaled corticosteroids in doses adapted to the asthma severity, add-on treatment with bronchodilators is essential in more severe asthma. Only recently, the long-acting anticholinergic tiotropium was introduced into the GINA guidelines. This review reports on the studies that have been performed with tiotropium in adult asthmatic patients...
September 9, 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease
Eugene R Bleecker, J Mark FitzGerald, Pascal Chanez, Alberto Papi, Steven F Weinstein, Peter Barker, Stephanie Sproule, Geoffrey Gilmartin, Magnus Aurivillius, Viktoria Werkström, Mitchell Goldman
BACKGROUND: Eosinophilia is associated with worsening asthma severity and decreased lung function, with increased exacerbation frequency. We assessed the safety and efficacy of benralizumab, a monoclonal antibody against interleukin-5 receptor α that depletes eosinophils by antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity, for patients with severe, uncontrolled asthma with eosinophilia. METHODS: We did a randomised, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled phase 3 study at 374 sites in 17 countries...
September 2, 2016: Lancet
J Mark FitzGerald, Eugene R Bleecker, Parameswaran Nair, Stephanie Korn, Ken Ohta, Marek Lommatzsch, Gary T Ferguson, William W Busse, Peter Barker, Stephanie Sproule, Geoffrey Gilmartin, Viktoria Werkström, Magnus Aurivillius, Mitchell Goldman
BACKGROUND: Benralizumab is a humanised, afucosylated, anti-interleukin-5 receptor α monoclonal antibody that induces direct, rapid, and nearly complete depletion of eosinophils. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of benralizumab as add-on therapy for patients with severe, uncontrolled asthma and elevated blood eosinophil counts. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, parallel-group, placebo-controlled, phase 3 study (CALIMA) undertaken at 303 sites in 11 countries, we enrolled patients aged 12-75 years with severe asthma uncontrolled by medium-dosage to high-dosage inhaled corticosteroids plus long-acting β₂-agonists (ICS plus LABA) and a history of two or more exacerbations in the previous year...
September 5, 2016: Lancet
Vicky Chang, Emma L Gray, Paul S Thomas
INTRODUCTION: Fluticasone furoate (FF) is a novel inhaled corticosteroid (ICS). Vilanterol trifenate (VI) is a new inhaled, selective, long - acting β2 adrenergic agonist (LABA). It is now also marketed as a novel once daily combined ICS/LABA indicated for treatment of moderate and severe asthma. AREAS COVERED: FF has a highly specific, fast association and slow dissociation from the glucocorticoid receptor, with a 24 hr duration of action. This, combined with a slow transport out of respiratory cells, creates a long tissue retention period...
October 2016: Expert Review of Respiratory Medicine
Simon van der Schans, Lucas M A Goossens, Melinde R S Boland, Janwillem W H Kocks, Maarten J Postma, Job F M van Boven, Maureen P M H Rutten-van Mölken
BACKGROUND: Worldwide, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a highly prevalent chronic lung disease with considerable clinical and socioeconomic impact. Pharmacologic maintenance drugs (such as bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids) play an important role in the treatment of COPD. The cost effectiveness of these treatments has been frequently assessed, but studies to date have largely neglected the impact of treatment sequence and the exact stage of disease in which the drugs are used in real life...
September 3, 2016: PharmacoEconomics
Fernando J Martinez, Klaus F Rabe, Sanjay Sethi, Emilio Pizzichini, Andrew McIvor, Antonio Anzueto, Vijay K T Alagappan, Shahid Siddiqui, Ludmyla Rekeda, Christopher J Miller, Sofia Zetterstrand, Colin Reisner, Stephen I Rennard
RATIONALE: Moderate and severe exacerbations are incompletely prevented by maximal inhalation therapy in patients with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. OBJECTIVES: To determine whether roflumilast reduces moderate and/or severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbations in patients at risk for exacerbations despite treatment with inhaled corticosteroid/long-acting β2-agonist with or without a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA). METHODS: In this 52-week, phase 4, double-blind, placebo-controlled RE(2)SPOND (Roflumilast Effect on Exacerbations in Patients on Dual [LABA/ICS] Therapy) trial (NCT01443845), participants aged 40 years or older with severe/very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic bronchitis, two or more exacerbations and/or hospitalizations in the previous year, and receiving inhaled corticosteroid/long-acting β2-agonist with or without LAMA daily for 3 or more months were equally randomized to once-daily roflumilast, 500 μg (n = 1,178), or placebo (n = 1,176)...
September 1, 2016: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Kerry Dwan, Stephen J Milan, Lynne Bax, Nicola Walters, Colin Powell
BACKGROUND: Vilanterol (VI) is a long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) that binds to the beta2-adrenoceptor on the airway smooth muscle, producing bronchodilation. LABA therapy, which is well established in adults as part of the British Thoracic Society (BTS) Guidelines for the Management of Asthma, leads to improvement in symptoms and lung function and reduction in exacerbations. At present, the commonly used LABAs licensed for use in asthma management (formoterol and salmeterol) require twice-daily administration, whereas VI is a once-daily therapy...
September 1, 2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
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