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Efficacy and Safety of Levalbuterol in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

This study has been completed.
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First received: April 22, 2008
Last updated: February 21, 2012
Last verified: February 2012

To investigate the efficacy and safety of repeated dosing of Levalbuterol over 6 weeks of treatment in COPD.

Condition Intervention Phase
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Drug: Levalbuterol HCl
Drug: Albuterol Sulfate
Drug: Placebo
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Double-Blind, Randomized, Multicenter, Parallel-Group Study of Levalbuterol in the Treatment of Subjects With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The primary efficacy endpoint was the time-normalized area under the percent change from visit predose in FEV1 curve (nAUC0-8 hours) averaged over the six week double-blind period. [ Time Frame: Days -21, -14, 0, 14, 28, and 42 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Spirometry parameters [ Time Frame: Days -21, -14, 0, 14, 28, and 42 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Exacerbations of COPD [ Time Frame: Days -14, 0, 14, 28, 42 ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • COPD symptom ratings [ Time Frame: Days 0, 14, 28, 42 ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Baseline dyspnea and transitional dyspnea indices [ Time Frame: Days 0, 14, 28, 42 ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Ipatropium Bromide MDI use [ Time Frame: Day 0, 14, 28, 42 ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Short acting Beta-agonist MDI use [ Time Frame: Days 0, 14, 28, 42 ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • Subject and physician global evaluations [ Time Frame: Days 14, 28, 42 ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
  • St. George's Hospital Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ). [ Time Frame: Days 0, 42 ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]

Enrollment: 257
Study Start Date: February 2002
Study Completion Date: March 2003
Primary Completion Date: March 2003 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Levalbuterol 0.63 mg TID
Drug: Levalbuterol HCl
Levalbuterol 0.63 TID
Other Name: Xopenex HCl Inhalation Solution
Experimental: 2
Levalbuterol 1.25 mg TID
Drug: Levalbuterol HCl
Levabuterol 1.25 mg TID
Other Name: Xopenex HCl Inhalation Solution
Active Comparator: 3
Racemic Albuterol 2.5 mg TID
Drug: Albuterol Sulfate
Racemic albuterol 2.5 mg TID
Other Name: Ventolin Inhalation Solution
Placebo Comparator: 4
Placebo TID
Drug: Placebo
Placebo TID

Detailed Description:

This study is a multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo and active controlled, parallel-group study of adult subjects with COPD. Approximately 250 subjects will be enrolled to randomize at least 200 subjects. Study participation will consist of a total of six study visits over nine weeks for each subject. This study was previously posted by Sepracor Inc. In October 2009, Sepracor Inc. was acquired by Dainippon Sumitomo Pharma., and in October 2010, Sepracor Inc's name was changed to Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.


Ages Eligible for Study:   35 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male and female subjects must be at least greater than or equal to 35 years of age at the time of consent.
  • Subjects must have a pre-established primary clinical diagnosis of COPD.
  • Subjects must have a baseline FEV1 less than or equal to 65%
  • Subjects must have a predicted and >0.70 Liter
  • subject was taking steroids (inhaled, oral, or nasal), short-acting xanthines, or leukotrienes, the dose must have been stable for 30 days
  • Subjects must have a FEV1/forced vital capacity (FVC) less than or equal to 70%
  • Subjects must have a greater than or equal to 15 pack-year smoking history
  • Subjects must have a baseline medical research council (MRC) dyspnea scale score greater than or equal to 2
  • Regular use of a prescribed therapy for control of COPD symptoms for 3 months prior to study entry.
  • No COPD exacerbations that have required an emergency room visit, hospital admission or intensive out-patient therapy within 1 month prior to study entry

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Females who are pregnant or lactating.
  • Concurrent requirement of oxygen therapy
  • Known history of asthma, or any chronic respiratory disease other than COPD (not including chronic bronchitis or emphysema).
  • Diagnosis of cancer within 5 years prior to study entry with the exception of non-melanoma skin cancer.
  • Lung resection of more than one full lobe.
  • Use of intravenous, intra-articular or intramuscular corticosteroids within 30 days of study entry
  • History of upper or lower respiratory infection within 14 days of study entry.
  • Participation in an investigational drug study within 30 days of study entry.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00665600

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Responsible Party: Sunovion Identifier: NCT00665600     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 051-914
Study First Received: April 22, 2008
Last Updated: February 21, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration

Keywords provided by Sunovion:
Chronic Bronchitis
Chronic Emphysema

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Lung Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Pharmaceutical Solutions
Adrenergic Agents
Adrenergic Agonists
Adrenergic beta-2 Receptor Agonists
Adrenergic beta-Agonists
Anti-Asthmatic Agents
Autonomic Agents
Bronchodilator Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Neurotransmitter Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Pharmacologic Actions
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Reproductive Control Agents
Respiratory System Agents
Therapeutic Uses
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