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John Nixon, Paul Newbold, Tomas Mustelin, Gary P Anderson, Roland Kolbeck
Eosinophils have been linked with asthma for more than a century, but their role has been unclear. This review discusses the roles of eosinophils in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and describes therapeutic antibodies that affect eosinophilia. The aims of pharmacologic treatments for pulmonary conditions are to reduce symptoms, slow decline or improve lung function, and reduce the frequency and severity of exacerbations. Inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) are important in managing symptoms and exacerbations in asthma and COPD...
October 20, 2016: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Min Sung Choy, Deepali Dixit, Mary Barna Bridgeman
Mepolizumab (Nucala) for severe eosinophilic asthma.
October 2016: P & T: a Peer-reviewed Journal for Formulary Management
Steven W Yancey, Hector G Ortega, Oliver N Keene, Bhabita Mayer, Necdet B Gunsoy, Christopher E Brightling, Eugene R Bleecker, Pranabashis Haldar, Ian D Pavord
BACKGROUND: Studies show that mepolizumab can reduce the frequency of clinically significant exacerbations in patients with severe eosinophilic asthma, compared with placebo. However, important events such as hospitalizations and emergency room visits are rare and difficult to characterize in single studies. OBJECTIVE: We sought to compare hospitalization or hospitalization and/or emergency room visit rates in patients with severe eosinophilic asthma treated with mepolizumab or placebo in addition to standard of care for at least 24 weeks...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Titus W P van den Heuvel, Adam F Cohen, Robert Rissmann
In this article, we consider the new drugs approved for the European market in 2015. We present a summary of the new mechanisms of action introduced and highlight three new mechanisms of action with a potentially high future impact: PCSK9 inhibition (alirocumab (Praluent®) and evolocumab (Repatha®)) for hypercholesterolaemia, neprilysin inhibition (sacubitril in combination with valsartan (Entresto®)) for heart failure, and interleukin-5 inhibition (mepolizumab (Nucala®)) for asthma.
October 2016: Clinical Medicine: Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London
Loretta Fala
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2016: American Health & Drug Benefits
Hern-Tze Tina Tan, Kazunari Sugita, Cezmi A Akdis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The development of biological therapies has rapidly progressed during the last few years, and major advances were reported for the treatment of allergic diseases, such as atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, urticaria, food allergy, and asthma. Here, we review biologicals targeting the type 2 immune response involving Th2 cells, type 2 innate lymphoid cells, natural killer T cells, mast cells, basophils, and epithelial cells, such as IL-4, IL-5, IL-13, IL-31, tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), and thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP)...
October 2016: Current Allergy and Asthma Reports
Francesco Menzella, Mirco Lusuardi, Carla Galeone, Nicola Facciolongo, Luigi Zucchi
Despite several therapeutic choices, 10-20% of patients with severe uncontrolled asthma do not respond to maximal best standard treatments, leading to a healthcare expenditure of up to 80% of overall costs for asthma. Today, there are new important therapeutic strategies, both pharmacological and interventional, that can result in improvement of severe asthma management, such as omalizumab, bronchial thermoplasty and other biological drugs, for example, mepolizumab, reslizumab and benralizumab. The availability of these new treatments and the increasing knowledge of the different asthmatic phenotypes and endotypes makes correct patient selection increasingly complex and important...
September 9, 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease
Njira Lugogo, Christian Domingo, Pascal Chanez, Richard Leigh, Martyn J Gilson, Robert G Price, Steven W Yancey, Hector G Ortega
PURPOSE: Patients with severe eosinophilic asthma often experience recurrent asthma exacerbations despite intensive inhaled corticosteroid therapy. In 2 previous double-blind studies (MENSA [NCT01691521] and SIRIUS [NCT01691508]), treatment with intravenous or subcutaneous mepolizumab was associated with significantly reduced annualized exacerbation rates and oral corticosteroid (OCS) requirements compared with placebo. The purpose of this study was to assess the long-term safety and efficacy of subcutaneous mepolizumab treatment in patients with severe eosinophilic asthma...
September 2016: Clinical Therapeutics
Kerrie Hennigan, Paul J Conroy, Marie-Therese Walsh, Mohamed Amin, Richard O'Kennedy, Patmapriya Ramasamy, Gerald J Gleich, Zeshan Siddiqui, Senan Glynn, Olive McCabe, Catherine Mooney, Brian J Harvey, Richard W Costello, Jean McBryan
Eosinophils account for 1-3% of peripheral blood leukocytes and accumulate at sites of allergic inflammation, where they play a pathogenic role. Studies have shown that treatment with mepolizumab (an anti-IL-5 monoclonal antibody) is beneficial to patients with severe eosinophilic asthma, however, the mechanism of precisely how eosinophils mediate these pathogenic effects is uncertain. Eosinophils contain several cationic granule proteins, including Eosinophil Peroxidase (EPO). The main significance of this work is the discovery of EPO as a novel ligand for the HER2 receptor...
October 2016: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Andrew H Liu, William C Anderson, Cullen M Dutmer, Daniel A Searing, Stanley J Szefler
In 2015, progress in understanding asthma ranged from insights to asthma inception, exacerbations, and severity to advancements that will improve disease management throughout the lifespan. 2015's insights to asthma inception included how the intestinal microbiome affects asthma expression with the identification of specific gastrointestinal bacterial taxa in early infancy associated with less asthma risk, possibly by promoting regulatory immune development at a critical early age. The relevance of epigenetic mechanisms in regulating asthma-related gene expression was strengthened...
August 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Ibrahim Sulaiman, Jonathan Chee Woei Lim, Hon Liong Soo, Johnson Stanslas
Extensive research into the therapeutics of asthma has yielded numerous effective interventions over the past few decades. However, adverse effects and ineffectiveness of most of these medications especially in the management of steroid resistant severe asthma necessitate the development of better medications. Numerous drug targets with inherent airway smooth muscle tone modulatory role have been identified for asthma therapy. This article reviews the latest understanding of underlying molecular aetiology of asthma towards design and development of better antiasthma drugs...
October 2016: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Chandler B Sy, Mark C Siracusa
Asthma is a heterogeneous disorder that results in recurrent attacks of breathlessness, coughing, and wheezing that affects millions of people worldwide. Although the precise causes of asthma are unclear, studies suggest that a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental exposure to various allergens and pathogens contribute to its development. Currently, the most common treatment to control asthma is a dual combination of β2-adrenergic receptor agonists and corticosteroids. However, studies have shown that some patients do not respond well to these medications, while others experience significant side effects...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
Francesco Menzella, Mirco Lusuardi, Gloria Montanari, Carla Galeone, Nicola Facciolongo, Luigi Zucchi
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways with variable clinical severity from very mild and occasional symptoms to recurrent critical exacerbations, at risk of fatal or near-fatal outcome, in a small percentage of patients. Within the different inflammatory cascades involved in asthma, eosinophils play a central role in the pathogenesis and largely influence disease severity. Interleukin-5 (IL-5) is the main cytokine controlling eosinophil activity and proliferation at the site of inflammation...
2016: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
Renata Rubinsztajn, Ryszarda Chazan
Asthma is a heterogeneous inflammatory disease. Most patients respond to current standard of care, i.e., bronchodilators, inhaled glucocorticosteroids and other anti-inflammatory drugs, but in some adequate asthma control cannot be achieved with standard treatments. These difficult-to-treat patients would be the target population for new biological therapies. At present, omalizumab is the only biological agent approved for the treatment of early-onset, severe IgE-dependent asthma. It is safe, effective, and well tolerated...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Emma D Deeks
Mepolizumab (Nucala(®)) is a humanized monoclonal antibody against interleukin-5, a cytokine involved in the development, recruitment and activation of eosinophils (cellular mediators of airway inflammation, hyper-responsiveness and tissue remodelling). The drug is indicated as an add-on treatment for severe eosinophilic asthma, on the basis of its clinical benefit in this setting in the placebo-controlled DREAM, MENSA and SIRIUS trials. Based on the 52-week, phase II, DREAM study (which assessed varying intravenous mepolizumab dosages), intravenous mepolizumab 75 mg every 4 weeks (q4w) and the corresponding (recommended) subcutaneous dosage of 100 mg q4w were studied in the 32- and 24-week phase III MENSA and SIRIUS trials...
August 2016: BioDrugs: Clinical Immunotherapeutics, Biopharmaceuticals and Gene Therapy
Dennis J Cada, Ross J Bindler, Danial E Baker
Each month, subscribers to The Formulary Monograph Service receive 5 to 6 well-documented monographs on drugs that are newly released or are in late phase 3 trials. The monographs are targeted to Pharmacy & Therapeutics Committees. Subscribers also receive monthly 1-page summary monographs on agents that are useful for agendas and pharmacy/nursing in-services. A comprehensive target drug utilization evaluation/medication use evaluation (DUE/MUE) is also provided each month. With a subscription, the monographs are sent in print and are also available on-line...
May 2016: Hospital Pharmacy
Marek Lommatzsch
Current guidelines of the global initiative for asthma (GINA) recommend the addition of biologics in step 5 of the stepwise asthma treatment approach. This review gives an overview on the effects and the clinical role of antibodies targeting immunoglobulin E, IgE (Omalizumab), Interleukin-5, IL-5 (Mepolizumab, Reslizumab) or the IL-5 receptor (Benralizumab). In addition, potential future treatment options of refractory asthma with antibodies (for instance Dupilumab) are discussed.
June 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Christian Pagnoux, Matthieu Groh
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of eosinophilic granulomatosis with polyangiitis (EGPA; previously known as Churg-Strauss syndrome) is lower than that of other antineutrophil cytoplasm antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitides (AAV's), and only a few randomized controlled trials have been conducted for this rare disease. However, recent international efforts have helped delineate the best treatment approach. AREAS COVERED: At present, EGPA conventional therapy is by default similar to that of other AAVs...
October 2016: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
Hector G Ortega, Steven W Yancey, Bhabita Mayer, Necdet B Gunsoy, Oliver N Keene, Eugene R Bleecker, Christopher E Brightling, Ian D Pavord
BACKGROUND: Findings from previous studies showed that mepolizumab significantly reduces the rate of exacerbations in patients with severe eosinophilic asthma. To assess the relationship between baseline blood eosinophil counts and efficacy of mepolizumab we did a secondary analysis of data from two studies, stratifying patients by different baseline blood eosinophil thresholds. METHODS: We did a post-hoc analysis of data, which was completed on Sept 25, 2015, from two randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies of at least 32 weeks duration (NCT01000506 [DREAM] and NCT01691521 [MENSA]) done between 2009 and 2014...
July 2016: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
Garry M Walsh
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July 2016: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
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