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ORLANDO — In a phase 2b clinical trial, tezepelumab improved asthma control in patients with uncontrolled asthma, according to data presented at the 2018 Joint Congress of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and World Allergy Organization (AAAAI/WAO), held March 2-5, 2018, in Orlando, Florida.

Jonathan Corren, MD, from the Allergy Medical Clinic in Los Angeles, California, and colleagues conducted a randomized, double-blind study (ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02054130) for 52 weeks involving patients with serious, uncontrolled asthma to assess the outcomes of tezepelumab treatment.


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Participants were treated with either subcutaneous tezepelumab once every 2 weeks or placebo. Of the 584 total volunteers, those who were given tezepelumab received a low dose (70 mg once every 4 weeks), medium dose (210 mg once every 4 weeks), or high dose (280 mg once every 2 weeks).

At the end of the study, the authors reported average asthma control for placebo (−0.89), tezepelumab low dose (−1.13), tezepelumab medium dose (−1.16), and tezepelumab high dose (−1.22) compared with baseline results. A higher proportion of patients in the tezepelumab groups had either well-controlled (27.2% in tezepelumab overall vs 14.9% in placebo) or partially controlled (22.0% in tezepelumab overall vs 19.1% in placebo) asthma at 52 weeks.

Median duration from application to well-controlled or partially controlled asthma decreased by half for the control group compared with the placebo group (70 days in tezepelumab overall vs 140 days in placebo; P <.05).

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Reference

Corren J, Parnes JR, Wang L, et al. Tezepelumab demonstrates clinically meaningful improvements in asthma control (ACQ-6) in patients with uncontrolled asthma: results from a phase 2b clinical trial Presented at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology/World Allergy Organization Joint Congress; March 2-5, 2018; Orlando, FL. Abstract 257.