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Real-world effectiveness of umeclidinium/vilanterol versus fluticasone propionate/salmeterol as initial maintenance therapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): a retrospective cohort study

Authors Moretz C, Sharpsten L, Bengtson LGS, Koep E, Le L, Tong J, Stanford RH, Hahn B, Ray R

Received 9 February 2019

Accepted for publication 10 July 2019

Published 1 August 2019 Volume 2019:14 Pages 1721—1737

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S204649

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Peer reviewers approved by Dr Cristina Weinberg

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Russell


Chad Moretz,1 Lucie Sharpsten,2 Lindsay GS Bengtson,2 Eleena Koep,2 Lisa Le,2 Junliang Tong,2 Richard H Stanford,1 Beth Hahn,1 Riju Ray3

1US Value Evidence and Outcomes, GSK, Durham, NC, USA; 2Health Economics and Outcomes Research, Optum, Eden Prairie, MN, USA; 3US Medical Affairs, GSK, Durham, NC, USA

Background and objective: Retrospective claims data in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) initiating maintenance therapy with inhaled fixed-dose combinations of long-acting muscarinic antagonist/long-acting β2-agonist (LAMA/LABA) versus inhaled corticosteroid (ICS)/LABA have not been reported.
Methods: Retrospective observational study in a COPD-diagnosed population of commercial and Medicare Advantage with Part D (MAPD) enrollees aged ≥40 years from a US health insurer database. Patients initiated umeclidinium/vilanterol (UMEC/VI [62.5/25 μg]) or fluticasone propionate/salmeterol (FP/SAL [250/50 μg]) between April 1, 2014 and August 31, 2016 (index date) and had 12 months continuous enrollment pre- and post-index. Exclusion criteria included an asthma diagnosis in the pre-index period/index date; ICS-, LABA-, or LAMA-containing therapy during the pre-index period; or pharmacy fills for both UMEC/VI and FP/SAL, multiple-inhaler triple therapy, a non-index therapy, or COPD exacerbation on the index date. Adherence (proportion of days covered [PDC] ≥80%) was modeled using weighted logistic regression following inverse probability of treatment weighting (IPTW). Weighted Kaplan–Meier and Cox proportional hazards regression following IPTW were performed for incidence of COPD exacerbation and escalation to multiple-inhaler triple therapy.
Results: The study population included 5306 patients (1386 initiating UMEC/VI and 3920 initiating FP/SAL). Adjusted odds of adherence were 2.00 times greater among UMEC/VI than FP/SAL initiators (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.62─2.46; P<0.001). The adjusted hazard ratio (HR) for first exacerbation was 0.87 (95% CI: 0.74–1.01; P=0.067) among UMEC/VI versus FP/SAL initiators. UMEC/VI initiators had 35% lower adjusted risk of escalation to multiple-inhaler triple therapy (HR 0.65; 95% CI: 0.47–0.89; P=0.008) versus FP/SAL. On-treatment, UMEC/VI initiators had an adjusted 30% reduced risk of a first moderate/severe COPD exacerbation (HR 0.70; 95% CI: 0.54–0.90; P=0.006).
Conclusion: Patients with COPD initiating UMEC/VI had higher adherence and longer time before escalation to multiple-inhaler triple therapy than FP/SAL initiators.

Keywords: COPD, LAMA/LABA, ICS/LABA, real-world effectiveness, retrospective cohort

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