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Nicholas J Gross, James F Donohue
A nebulized formulation of formoterol, Perforomist, 20 microg/2 ml, has been available since 2007 for the maintenance treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We review the safety and efficacy data obtained during its development. In a dose-finding study, formoterol inhalation solution (FFIS) was similar to the formoterol originator, Foradil 12 microg DPI (FA) in patients with COPD. In a 12-week efficacy study, FFIS manifested a rapid onset of action and FEV(1) peak, AUC(0-12), and trough levels similar to FA...
2010: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Jeffrey B Rubins
Formoterol fumarate is an effective treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients with moderate or greater severity of airflow obstruction. Published studies indicate that formoterol has a rapid onset of bronchodilation, which may enhance compliance, and sustained bronchodilation over 12 h, which produces a cumulative effect when inhaled twice daily. With long-term use, formoterol fumarate increases trough forced expiratory volume in 1 s and improves measures of hyperinflation, which correlate with relief of symptoms and a decreased need for additional short-acting bronchodilators as rescue treatment...
July 2008: Expert Review of Clinical Immunology
E Rand Sutherland, Shari Brazinsky, Gregory Feldman, Joe McGinty, Latanya Tomlinson, Kimberly Denis-Mize
OBJECTIVE: Bronchodilator maintenance treatment improves pulmonary function and health-related quality of life in COPD patients. Pulmonary function and patient preference/satisfaction were compared before and after treatment with a short-acting ipratropium/albuterol combination and long-acting nebulized formoterol. METHODS: A randomized, open-label, crossover trial was conducted at 16 centers in the US. COPD subjects (n=109, 52.8% predicted FEV1) received nebulized formoterol fumarate inhalation solution (Perforomist**, FFIS 20g BID) or ipratropium and albuterol combined in a metered-dose inhaler (MDI) (Combiventy, IPR-ALB, QID) for 2 weeks...
March 2009: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Nicholas J Gross, Harold S Nelson, Robert J Lapidus, Leonard Dunn, Lon Lynn, Mike Rinehart, Kimberly Denis-Mize
Nebulized solutions of long-acting bronchodilators provide an alternative to DPI and MDI delivery, particularly for COPD patients unable to use hand-held devices easily or correctly. The long-acting beta2-agonist, formoterol fumarate, is differentiated by its onset of significant bronchodilation within 5 min of administration. In a randomized, double-blind, double-dummy trial, COPD subjects (n=351, mean forced expiratory volume FEV1=1.3 L, 44% predicted) received nebulized formoterol fumarate (Perforomist inhalation solution; FFIS 20 microg) or DPI (Foradil Aerolizer; FA 12 microg), or placebo twice daily for 12 weeks...
February 2008: Respiratory Medicine
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November 19, 2007: Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
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