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Efficacy and safety of QVA149 compared to the concurrent administration of its monocomponents indacaterol and glycopyrronium: the BEACON study

Authors Dahl R, Jadayel D, Alagappan V, Chen H, Banerji D

Received 8 June 2013

Accepted for publication 13 August 2013

Published 17 October 2013 Volume 2013:8 Pages 501—508


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Ronald Dahl,1 Dalal Jadayel,2 Vijay KT Alagappan,3 Hungta Chen,3 Donald Banerji3

1Department of Dermatology, Allergy Centre, Odense University Hospital, Odense, Denmark; 2Novartis Horsham Research Centre, Horsham, UK; 3Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, East Hanover, NJ, USA

Introduction: The BEACON study evaluated the efficacy and safety of QVA149, a once-daily dual bronchodilator containing a fixed-dose combination of the long-acting β2-agonist (LABA) indacaterol and long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) glycopyrronium (NVA237), in development for the treatment of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), compared with the free-dose concurrent administration of indacaterol plus glycopyrronium (IND+GLY).
Methods: In this multicenter, double-blind, parallel group study, patients with stage II or stage III COPD (Global initiative for chronic Obstructive Lung Disease [GOLD] 2010) were randomized (1:1) to once-daily QVA149 (110 µg indacaterol/50 µg glycopyrronium) or concurrent administration of indacaterol (150 µg) and glycopyrronium (50 µg) via the Breezhaler® device (Novartis AG, Basel, Switzerland) for 4 weeks. The primary endpoint was to evaluate the noninferiority of QVA149 as compared with concurrent administration of IND+GLY, for trough forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) after 4 weeks of treatment. The other assessments included FEV1 area under the curve from 0 to 4 hours (AUC0–4 hours) at day 1 and week 4, symptom scores, rescue medication use, safety, and tolerability over the 4-week study period.
Results: Of 193 patients randomized, 187 (96.9%) completed the study. Trough FEV1 at week 4 for QVA149 and IND+GLY was 1.46 L ± 0.02 and 1.46 L ± 0.18, respectively. The FEV1 AUC0–4 hours at day 1 and week 4 were similar between the two treatment groups. Both treatment groups had a similar reduction in symptom scores and rescue medication use for the 4-week treatment period. Overall, 25.6% of patients in QVA149 group and 25.2% in the IND+GLY group experienced an adverse event, with the majority being mild-to-moderate in severity. No deaths were reported during the study or during the 30 days follow-up period.
Conclusion: The BEACON study demonstrated that once-daily QVA149 provides an efficacy and safety profile similar to the concurrent administration of its monocomponents indacaterol and glycopyrronium.

Keywords: COPD, LABA, LAMA, FEV1 AUC0–4 hours, rescue medication

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