Budesonide / Formoterol in Treatment of Exacerbations of COPD

This study has been completed.
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First received: October 13, 2005
Last updated: January 21, 2011
Last verified: January 2011
The purpose of this study is to determine whether the budesonide+formoterol combination is effective in the treatment of exacerbations of COPD with a main emphasis on investigating the effects on inflammation and a secondary emphasis on clinical efficacy

Condition Intervention Phase
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Drug: budesonide/formoterol, 2x 200/6 microgram. 4 times daily
Drug: prednisolone, 30 mg once daily and placebo
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double-Blind
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Effects of High Dose Inhaled Budesonide+ Formoterol Versus Placebo and Oral Prednisolone on Biomarkers of Airway Inflammation in the Treatment of Exacerbations in Non-hospitalised Patients With Mild to Moderate COPD.

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Eosinophils in induced sputum (as % of Total Cell Count), change from the start of the exacerbation to the end of 14 days treatment

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Inflammatory markers in induced sputum, blood/serum and urine
  • Lung function tests at clinic
  • Diary cards for PEF and symptoms
  • Patient Related outcomes
  • Questioning for Adverse Events and in blood: routine tests and cortisol

Estimated Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: January 2001
Study Completion Date: January 2005
Intervention Details:
    Drug: budesonide/formoterol, 2x 200/6 microgram. 4 times daily
    Other Name: Symbicort
    Drug: prednisolone, 30 mg once daily and placebo

Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • smoking-induced COPD according to ATS criteria
  • FEV1 <85% of predicted at enrolment and <70% of predicted but > 0.7 Liter at Exacerbation
  • FEV1/IVC ratio <88% of predicted for men and <89% for women

Exclusion Criteria:

  • history of asthma
  • known hypersensitivity to the study drugs
  • serious concomitant diseases
  • pregnancy or lactating
  • abnormal Chest X-ray or blood gasses
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00239278

Research Site
Groningen, Netherlands
Sponsors and Collaborators
Study Director: AstraZeneca Netherlands Medical Director, MD AstraZeneca
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00239278     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SD-039-0698  D5892C00698 
Study First Received: October 13, 2005
Last Updated: January 21, 2011
Health Authority: Netherlands: The Central Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (CCMO)

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Budesonide, Formoterol Fumarate Drug Combination
Formoterol Fumarate
Methylprednisolone Hemisuccinate
Methylprednisolone acetate
Prednisolone acetate
Prednisolone hemisuccinate
Prednisolone phosphate
Adrenergic Agents
Adrenergic Agonists
Adrenergic beta-2 Receptor Agonists
Adrenergic beta-Agonists
Anti-Asthmatic Agents
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Antineoplastic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
Autonomic Agents
Bronchodilator Agents
Gastrointestinal Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action

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