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Indacaterol acetate/mometasone furoate provides sustained improvements in lung function compared with salmeterol xinafoate/fluticasone propionate in patients with moderate-to-very-severe COPD: results from a Phase II randomized, double-blind 12-week study

Authors Beeh KM, Kirsten AM, Tanase AM, Richard A, Cao W, Hederer B, Beier J, Kornmann O, van Zyl-Smit RN

Received 6 July 2018

Accepted for publication 25 October 2018

Published 6 December 2018 Volume 2018:13 Pages 3923—3936


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Russell

Kai Michael Beeh,1 Anne-Marie Kirsten,2 Ana-Maria Tanase,3 Alexia Richard,3 Weihua Cao,4 Bettina Hederer,3 Jutta Beier,1 Oliver Kornmann,5 Richard N van Zyl-Smit6

1Insaf Respiratory Research Institute Wiesbaden, Wiesbaden, Germany; 2Pulmonary Research Institute at Lung Clinic Grosshansdorf, Airway Research Center North, German Center for Lung Research, Grosshansdorf, Germany; 3Novartis Pharma AG, Basel, Switzerland; 4Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, East Hanover, NJ, USA; 5IKF Pneumologie, Clinical Research Centre Respiratory Diseases, Frankfurt, Germany; 6Division of Pulmonology and UCT Lung Institute, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Background and purpose: Fixed-dose combinations of a long-acting beta agonist and an inhaled corticosteroid are more effective than the individual components in COPD. The primary study objective was to demonstrate that the combination indacaterol acetate/mometasone furoate (IND/MF [QMF149]) was non-inferior to the twice-daily combination salmeterol xinafoate/fluticasone propionate (Sal/Flu) in terms of trough FEV1 at week 12 (day 85). Secondary objectives were to compare the efficacy of IND/MF (QMF149) vs Sal/Flu with respect to other lung function parameters, COPD exacerbations, symptoms and dyspnea, health status/health-related quality of life, and rescue medication use.
Materials and methods: This was a 12-week multicenter, randomized, double-blind, double-dummy, parallel-group, Phase II study in patients with moderate-to-very-severe COPD, who were randomized (1:1) to IND/MF (QMF149) (150/160 µg once daily; n=316) or Sal/Flu (50/500 µg twice daily; n=313).
Results: Over 90% of patients completed the study: 94.6% in the IND/MF (QMF149) group and 92.0% in the Sal/Flu group. The primary objective of non-inferiority of IND/MF (QMF149) to Sal/Flu for trough FEV1 at week 12 (day 85) was met: the lower limit of the CI (95% CI: 27.7, 83.3 mL) was greater than -60 mL. The analysis for superiority of IND/MF (QMF149) to Sal/Flu demonstrated superiority of IND/MF (QMF149), with a difference of 56 mL (P<0.001). In addition, IND/MF (QMF149) treatment significantly improved COPD exacerbation-related parameters during the 12-week period. Other significant improvements with IND/MF (QMF 149) vs Sal/Flu were noted for dyspnea at week 12 and other COPD symptoms and COPD rescue medication use over the 12 weeks. The safety and tolerability profiles of both the treatments were similar.
Conclusion: IND/MF (QMF149) (150/160 µg once daily) offered superior lung function and symptom efficacy and a favorable safety profile compared with Sal/Flu (50/500 µg twice daily) in patients with moderate-to-very severe COPD.

Keywords: COPD, once-daily inhalers, fixed-combination inhalers, indacaterol, mometasone, LABA/ICS combinations

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