PRESTO 2: An International Survey to Evaluate Patients’ Injection Experiences with the Latest Devices/Formulations of Long-Acting Somatostatin Analog Therapies for Neuroendocrine Tumors or Acromegaly Journal Articles uri icon

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  • INTRODUCTION: Real-world data evaluating patients' injection experiences using the latest devices/formulations of the long-acting (LA) somatostatin analogs (SSAs) lanreotide Autogel/Depot (LAN; Somatuline®) and octreotide LA release (OCT; Sandostatin®) are limited. METHODS: PRESTO 2 was a 2020/2021 e-survey comparing injection experience of adults with neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) or acromegaly treated with LAN prefilled syringe versus OCT syringe for > 3 months in Canada, Ireland, the UK and the USA (planned sample size, 304). PRIMARY ENDPOINT: the proportion of patients with injection-site pain lasting > 2 days after their most recent injection, analyzed using a multivariate logistic regression model. Secondary endpoints included interference with daily life due to injection-site pain and technical injection problems in patients with current SSA use for ≥ 6 months. RESULTS: There were 304 respondents (acromegaly, n = 85; NETs, n = 219; LAN, n = 168; OCT, n = 136; 69.2% female; mean age, 59.6 years). Fewer patients had injection-site pain lasting > 2 days after the most recent injection with LAN (6.0%) than OCT (22.8%); the odds of pain lasting > 2 days were significantly lower for LAN than OCT, adjusted for disease subgroup and occurrence of injection-site reactions (odds ratio [95% confidence interval]: 0.13 [0.06-0.30]; p < 0.0001). Injection-site pain interfered with daily life "a little bit" or "quite a bit" in 37.2% and 3.8% (LAN) versus 52.5% and 7.5% (OCT) of patients, respectively. Among patients with ≥ 6 months' experience with current SSA (92.4% of patients), technical injection problems never occurred in 76.8% (LAN) and 42.9% (OCT) of patients. CONCLUSIONS: Compared with OCT, significantly fewer patients using LAN had injection-site pain lasting > 2 days after their most recent injection. Also, fewer LAN-treated patients experienced technical problems during injection. These findings demonstrate the importance of injection modality for overall LA SSA injection experience for patients with acromegaly or NETs.


  • O’Toole, Dermot
  • Kunz, Pamela L
  • Webb, Susan M
  • Goldstein, Grace
  • Khawaja, Sheila
  • McDonnell, Mark
  • Boiziau, Sandra
  • Gueguen, Delphine
  • Houchard, Aude
  • Ribeiro-Oliveira, Antonio
  • Prebtani, Ally

publication date

  • February 2023