First in Class Once-Daily Dual Bronchodilator Ultibro® Breezhaler® (QVA149) Gains Positive CHMP Opinion for the Treatment of COPD
TOKYO, July 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
- QVA149 (indacaterol/glycopyrronium) is the first once-daily fixed-dose combination of both a LABA and a LAMA bronchodilator to gain positive CHMP opinion
- Pivotal Phase III IGNITE data showed QVA149 significantly improved lung function and patient-reported outcomes including breathlessness and rescue medication use, compared to current standard of care
- QVA149 demonstrated significantly reduced rates of COPD exacerbations and improved health-related quality of life compared to open-label tiotropium 18 mcg and glycopyrronium 50 mcg,
Sosei Group Corporation (“Sosei”; TSE Mothers Index: 4565) confirms the information
released by Novartis that the European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products
for Human Use (CHMP) has adopted a positive opinion for approval of once-daily Ultibro(R)
Breezhaler(R)(indacaterol 85 mcg/glycopyrronium 43 mcg delivered dose, equivalent to 110
mcg/50 mcg metered dose per capsule), as a maintenance bronchodilator treatment to relieve
symptoms in adult patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Ultibro
Breezhaler was developed under the name of QVA149.
QVA149 is an investigational fixed dose combination of two bronchodilators,
indacaterol, a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) and glycopyrronium, a
long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA).
QVA149 significantly improved the rate of all exacerbations compared to open-label
(OL) tiotropium 18 mcg, glycopyrronium 50 mcg. The rate of moderate or severe
exacerbations was significantly lower compared to glycopyrronium 50 mcg and numerically
lower compared to OL tiotropium 18 mcg,.
In clinical studies, QVA149 demonstrated an acceptable safety profile with no
meaningful differences between the treatment groups (placebo, indacaterol 150 mcg,
glycopyrronium 50 mcg, OL tiotropium 18 mcg, SFC 50 mcg/500 mcg) in the incidence of
adverse and serious adverse events,,.
The European Commission generally follows the recommendations of the CHMP and normally
grants a marketing authorization within three months of the opinion. Worldwide submissions
and reviews of QVA149 are ongoing with US filing expected at the end of 2014.
About the IGNITE clinical trial program
In the Phase III IGNITE clinical trial program, QVA149 is being investigated for the
treatment of COPD patients as an inhaled, once-daily, fixed-dose combination of
indacaterol maleate and glycopyrronium bromide. IGNITE is one of the largest international
clinical trial programs in COPD comprising 11 studies in total (ILLUMINATE, SHINE, BRIGHT,
ENLIGHTEN, SPARK, BLAZE, ARISE, BEACON, RADIATE, LANTERN, FLAME) with more than 10,000*
patients across 52 countries,-. The first eight studies (ILLUMINATE, SHINE,
BRIGHT, ENLIGHTEN, SPARK, BLAZE, ARISE, BEACON) completed in 2012. The studies were
designed to investigate the efficacy, safety and tolerability, lung function, exercise
endurance, exacerbations, shortness of breath and quality of life in patients treated with
Results from five of the Phase III IGNITE trials,-supported the CHMP’s
positive opinion for QVA149 which demonstrated statistically significant improvements in
bronchodilation versus treatments widely used as current standards of care. Data showed
that QVA149 significantly improved bronchodilation compared to OL tiotropium 18 mcg, SFC
50 mcg/500 mcg, indacaterol maleate 150 mcg, glycopyrronium 50 mcg and placebo providing a
rapid onset within five minutes, and sustained bronchodilation during a 24 hour period
which was maintained for up to 26 weeks, along with symptomatic improvements,,,[8
]. These symptomatic improvements included breathlessness, exercise tolerance, rescue
medication use and health-related quality of life-.
*Total refers to all 11 IGNITE studies.
About Seebri(R) Breezhaler(R)
NVA237 (glycopyrronium bromide; brand name: Seebri(R) Breezhaler(R) (EU), Seebri(R)
Inhalation Capsules (Japan); (“glycopyrronium”)) is a novel inhaled long-acting muscarinic
antagonist (LAMA; also referred to as a long-acting anticholinergic) indicated as a
maintenance bronchodilator treatment to relieve symptoms in adult patients with COPD.
Glycopyrronium was exclusively licensed to Novartis in April 2005 by Sosei and its
co-development partner Vectura. In Phase III studies (GLOW 1, 2 and 3) glycopyrronium
demonstrated rapid improvements in lung function after first dose on Day 1 which was
sustained for 24 hours and maintained over the 52 week study period compared with placebo.
Glycopyrronium 50 mcg also significantly improved shortness of breath, health-related
quality of life, exacerbation risk, and exercise endurance versus placebo-.
Glycopyrronium is approved in the EU, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and a number
of other countries.
All Novartis inhaled COPD portfolio products are being developed for delivery via a
single-dose dry powder inhaler (SDDPI) called the Breezhaler(R) device which has low air
flow resistance, making it suitable for patients with airflow limitation. The
Breezhaler(R) device allows patients to hear, feel and see that they have taken the full
Seebri(R), Ultibro(R) and Breezhaler(R) are registered trademarks of Novartis.
COPD is a progressive life-threatening disease that makes it hard to breathe, with
symptoms that have a destructive impact on patients’ function and quality of
life,. It affects an estimated 210 million people worldwide and is projected to be
the third leading cause of death by 2020,. COPD is often considered to be a
disease of later years, but estimates suggest that 50% of those with COPD are now less
than 65 years old, resulting in increases in absenteeism, premature retirement and
reductions in workforce participation.
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reach. It practises a reduced risk business model by acquiring compounds from, and
bringing compounds into, Japan through exploitation of its unique position within global
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