Once-daily Ultibro® Breezhaler® showed superior efficacy versus Seretide® for COPD patients in second head-to-head study, and the anticipated timing of China filing
Ultibro® Breezhaler® demonstrated superiority in lung function compared to Seretide® Accuhaler®* in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients with or without exacerbations in the previous year
Primary and key secondary objectives met in pivotal Phase III LANTERN study
Positive results to be part of the regulatory submission for Ultibro Breezhaler in China later this year
Tokyo, Japan – 30 April 2014: Sosei Group Corporation (“Sosei”; TSE Mothers Index: 4565) confirms the positive first results announced today by Novartis from the Phase III head-to-head LANTERN study which showed the superiority of once-daily Ultibro® Breezhaler® (indacaterol/glycopyrronium) 110/50 mcg in improving lung function compared to twice-daily Seretide® Accuhaler®* (salmeterol/fluticasone (SFC)) 50/500 mcg in COPD patients with or without a history of moderate-to-severe exacerbations in the previous year. Ultibro Breezhaler met both the primary and key secondary objectives.
The primary objective of the LANTERN study was to demonstrate the non-inferiority of Ultibro Breezhaler to SFC in terms of lung function (trough FEV1) after 26 weeks of treatment in patients with moderate-to-severe COPD, with or without a history of moderate-to-severe exacerbations in the previous year. Ultibro Breezhaler demonstrated non-inferiority and additionally showed superior efficacy versus SFC for the primary objective. These results will be part of the regulatory submission of Ultibro Breezhaler in China later this year.
The LANTERN study also showed superiority of Ultibro Breezhaler compared to SFC for the key secondary objective of lung function (FEV1 AUC0-4h) over the first four hours post dose at week 26. The safety and tolerability profile of Ultibro Breezhaler was comparable to SFC.
COPD is a major public health concern in China, ranking first in terms of the country’s disease burden1. Recent estimates suggest that in China over 40 million people have COPD2 and the overall prevalence in people aged 40 years or older is 8%1.
COPD symptoms can have a major, negative impact on a patient’s ability to breathe and function and they reduce their quality of life3. Essential daily activities such as climbing stairs can become very difficult as the condition gradually worsens4. There is a need for new treatment options in COPD because many patients remain symptomatic despite medical therapy5.
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