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Adherence to tobramycin inhaled powder vs inhaled solution in patients with cystic fibrosis: analysis of US insurance claims data

Authors Hamed K, Conti V, Tian H, Loefroth E

Received 15 February 2017

Accepted for publication 25 March 2017

Published 27 April 2017 Volume 2017:11 Pages 831—838


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Johnny Chen

Kamal Hamed,1 Valentino Conti,2 Hengfeng Tian,1 Emil Loefroth3

1Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, East Hanover, NJ, USA; 2Novartis Global Service Center, Dublin, Ireland; 3Novartis Sverige AB, Täby, Sweden

Purpose: Tobramycin inhalation powder (TIP), the first dry-powder inhaled antibiotic for pulmonary Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection, is associated with reduced treatment burden, increased patient satisfaction, and higher self-reported adherence for cystic fibrosis (CF) patients. We compared adherence in CF patients newly treated with TIP with those newly treated with the traditional tobramycin inhalation solution (TIS), using US insurance claims data.
Patients and methods: From the Truven MarketScan® database, we identified CF patients chronically infected with P. aeruginosa who had been prescribed TIP between May 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014, or TIS between September 1, 2010 to April 30, 2012 with at least 12 months of continuous medical and pharmacy benefits prior to and following prescription. TIP and TIS adherence levels were assessed.
Results: A total of 145 eligible patients were identified for the TIP cohort and 306 for the TIS cohort. Significant differences in age distribution (25.0 vs 21.9 years for TIP vs TIS, respectively, P=0.017), type of health plan (P=0.014), employment status (72.4% vs 63.4% of TIP vs TIS patients in full-time employment, P=0.008), and some comorbidities were observed between the two cohorts. Although a univariate analysis found no significant differences between TIP and TIS (odds ratio [OR] 1.411, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.949–2.098), TIP was moderately associated with higher adherence levels compared with TIS in a multivariable analysis, once various demographic and clinical characteristics were adjusted for. These included geographic location (OR: 1.566, CI: 1.016–2.413) and certain comorbidities.
Conclusion: This study of US patient data supports previous findings that TIP is associated with better adherence compared with TIS; however, further studies will be required to fully elucidate differences in adherence between TIP and TIS.

Keywords: Adherence, convenience, inhaler, nebulizer, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, real-world evidence, tobramycin, treatment burden

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