Indacaterol provides sustained 24 h bronchodilation on once‐daily dosing in asthma: a 7‐day dose‐ranging study Journal Articles uri icon

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  • Background:  Indacaterol is a novel, once‐daily β2‐agonist in development for the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Studies were required to determine optimal dose(s) for continuing investigation.Objective:  A dose‐ranging study was undertaken to evaluate efficacy and safety of indacaterol.Methods:  A total of 436 patients with persistent asthma receiving inhaled corticosteroids were randomized to 7 days treatment with once‐daily indacaterol 50, 100, 200, or 400 μg via multi‐dose dry‐powder inhaler (MDDPI; Certihaler), indacaterol 400 μg via single‐dose dry‐powder inhaler (SDDPI), or placebo. Serial 24‐h spirometry was performed on days 1 and 7. Vital signs, laboratory evaluations, and adverse events were monitored.Results:  All doses of indacaterol increased the mean time‐standardized area under the curve of forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) from 22 to 24 h postdose (P ≤ 0.001 vs placebo) on days 1 and 7, with clinically relevant treatment‐placebo differences of 240, 260, 350, 300, and 380 ml on day 1 and 230, 220, 320, 250, and 270 ml on day 7 for indacaterol 50, 100, 200, and 400 μg via MDDPI and 400 μg via SDDPI, respectively. All doses increased mean FEV1 (P < 0.05 vs placebo) from 5 min to 24 h postdose on days 1 and 7. All doses were well tolerated. Most adverse events were mild‐to‐moderate in severity: most frequently reported were respiratory, thoracic, and mediastinal disorders.Conclusion:  Once‐daily dosing with indacaterol provided sustained 24‐h bronchodilation in patients with moderate‐to‐severe asthma, with a satisfactory overall safety profile. Indacaterol 200 μg appears the optimum dose, offering the best efficacy/safety balance.


  • LaForce, C
  • Alexander, Michael
  • Deckelmann, R
  • Fabbri, LM
  • Aisanov, Z
  • Cameron, R
  • Owen, R
  • Higgins, M

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  • January 2008

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