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The Impact of Fixed Triple Therapy with Beclometasone/Formoterol/Glycopyrronium on Health Status and Adherence in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in an Italian Context of Real Life: The TRITRIAL Study Protocol

Authors Richeldi L, Piraino A, Macagno F, Micarelli G, Ingrassia E

Received 16 October 2020

Accepted for publication 7 January 2021

Published 27 January 2021 Volume 2021:16 Pages 159—166

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S286559

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Review by Single anonymous peer review

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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Russell


Luca Richeldi,1 Alessio Piraino,2 Francesco Macagno,1 Gianluigi Micarelli,2 Eleonora Ingrassia2

1Unità Operativa Complessa di Pneumologia, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Fondazione Policlinico A, Gemelli, Rome; 2Chiesi Italia S.p.a., Parma, Italy

Correspondence: Gianluigi Micarelli
Chiesi Italia S.p.a., Via Giacomo Chiesi 1, Parma 43122, Italy
Tel +39 345 6350692
Fax +39 0521 279592
Email g.micarelli@chiesi.com

Background: The fixed triple combination Beclometasone dipropionate/Formoterol fumarate/Glycopyrronium (BDP/FF/G, Trimbow®), an extrafine formulation in a unique pressurized metered dose inhaler, is indicated for the maintenance treatment in adult patients with moderate to severe COPD, not adequately treated by ICS/LABA or LABA/LAMA. Besides the evidence from three randomized controlled trials, the impact of fixed triple therapy has not been extensively evaluated in a real-world population of COPD patients. TRITRIAL (TRIple Therapy in Real life: Impact on Adherence and HeaLth status) is a non-interventional study to assess the effect of BDP/FF/G in a real world setting in Italy.
Design: TRITRIAL is a 12-month, multicenter, cohort, prospective, longitudinal observational study. Two follow-up visits will be performed at 6 and 12 months, respectively. The study includes the collection of anamnestic clinical and functional data before the start of BDP/FF/G. The study is built for digital conduction, from signature of the informed consent on a dedicated web platform, to the collection of questionnaires and clinical data on the eCRF.
Population: A total of 800 patients with COPD ranging from Global Initiative for Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) stages 2 to 4, receiving therapy with BDP/FF/G according to the Summary of Product Characteristics and local clinical practice, will be recruited. All concomitant therapies will be permitted for the duration of the study.
Evaluations: The primary endpoint is the change of CAT score at 12 months versus baseline. Secondary endpoints are adherence, health-related quality of life, sleep quality, disease-related outcomes (lung function and COPD exacerbations), device usability, economic resources consumption, and safety.
Conclusion: TRITRIAL study is expected to give relevant information about effectiveness of BDP/FF/G fixed triple therapy in a real-life setting of patients with COPD, where adherence, usability of inhalers and patient’s preference of the device are crucial factors for the success of the therapy.

Keywords: COPD, symptoms, health status, adherence, LAMA, LABA, ICS

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