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J Asthma. 2005 Mar;42(2):101-6.

Efficacy and safety of formoterol delivered via a new multidose dry powder inhaler (Certihaler) in adolescents and adults with persistent asthma.

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  • 1North Carolina Clinical Research, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA.

Abstract

Our objective was to compare the efficacy and safety of formoterol (Foradil) delivered via a novel multidose dry powder inhaler (Certihaler) with placebo and albuterol [pressurized metered-dose inhaler (pMDI)], in patients with persistent asthma. After a 2-week run-in phase, 265 patients (13-81 years) previously treated with regular/PRN bronchodilators for persistent asthma were randomized to 12 weeks' double-blind treatment with formoterol 10 microg BID via Certihaler (n = 86), albuterol 180 microg QID via pMDI (n = 88) or placebo (n = 91). The primary efficacy variable was 12-hour AUC of FEV1 after 12 weeks' treatment. Secondary efficacy variables included peak expiratory flow (PEF), rescue bronchodilator medication use, asthma-related quality of life (Juniper Mini Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire), and asthma symptom scores. Formoterol via the Certihaler had an onset of action within 5 minutes and was associated with a clinically relevant and statistically significant increase in 12-hour AUC of FEV1 after 12 weeks' treatment compared with placebo and albuterol (p < 0.001 and p < 0.05, respectively). Average PEF was significantly superior for formoterol compared with placebo and albuterol (p < 0.001 and p < 0.05, respectively). Compared with placebo, rescue albuterol use during the study was significantly lower for formoterol (p < 0.01) and was accompanied by a trend toward an improvement in asthma-related quality of life (QoL). Asthma symptom scores improved to a similar extent for all treatment groups. Treatment with formoterol via Certihaler was well tolerated. Formoterol 10 microg BID, delivered via the novel Certihaler device, is well tolerated and provides rapid, long-lasting, and clinically superior bronchodilation to placebo and albuterol via pMDI in patients with persistent asthma.

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