Clinical Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of VR506 Using a New Inhaler for the Treatment of Asthma

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 1, 2012
Last Update Posted : September 22, 2014
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Vectura Limited

Brief Summary:
To evaluate the clinical efficacy, safety, tolerability and dose-response relationship, using oral corticosteroid (OCS) modulation, of 3 different doses of VR506 using a twice daily regimen from a new dry powder inhaler (nDPI) for 16 weeks in subjects with severe persistent asthma requiring OCS therapy, i.e. Step 5 treatment as defined by modified Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) guidelines 2011.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Asthma Drug: VR506 Phase 2 Phase 3

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 197 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Quadruple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A Randomised Double-blind, Parallel Group, Dose-ranging Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of VR506 From a New Dry Powder Inhaler in Subjects With Severe Persistent Asthma Requiring Oral Corticosteroid Therapy.
Study Start Date : October 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2013
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2013

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MedlinePlus related topics: Asthma Steroids

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Dose 1 VR506
VR506 inhalation powder delivered via a new dry powder inhaler device
Drug: VR506
VR506 inhalation powder delivered via a new dry powder inhaler device

Active Comparator: Dose 2 VR506
VR506 inhalation powder delivered via a new dry powder inhaler device
Drug: VR506
VR506 inhalation powder delivered via a new dry powder inhaler device

Active Comparator: Dose 3 VR506
VR506 inhalation powder delivered via a new dry powder inhaler device
Drug: VR506
VR506 inhalation powder delivered via a new dry powder inhaler device

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Mean Prednisone/Prednisolone Dose for Analysis (PDA) [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]
    The Asthma Control Prednisone/Prednisolone Dose at end of study

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. In clinic measurements of FEV1, asthma control (ACQ) and Quality of Life and use of asthma control questionnaires [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]
  2. To evaluate the safety and tolerability of VR506 in subjects with asthma [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]
    Measure of vital signs, AEs, SAEs and number of withdrawals for worsening asthma

  3. To evaluate the subject's operation and handling of the nDPI [ Time Frame: 16 weeks ]
    Assessment of the Compliance with the treatment regimen; operation and acceptability of the device by use of questionnaire

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Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years to 65 Years   (Child, Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • Written informed consent
  • Adolescents aged 12-17 years & adults aged 18-65 years (both inclusive)
  • Documented clinical history of severe asthma requiring prednisone/prednisolone therapy, high-intensity treatment ICS, OCS, LABA
  • Stable OCS dose for ≥7 days before Screening Visit & during Screening Period.
  • At least 80% compliant w/regular asthma medication per investigator at end of Screening Period
  • Documented asthma reversibility within 5 yrs prior to/during Screening Period, or diagnosis of asthma that is incontrovertible per investigator
  • Ability to use nDPI correctly, per investigator's review of completed inhaler operation checklist
  • Ability to use eDiary correctly, assessed by investigator at end of Screening Period
  • Ability to comply w/study procedures, including blood sampling
  • Ability to perform technically satisfactory pulmonary function tests
  • Available to complete all study visits before 12 noon
  • BMI of 16-26 kg/m2 in adolescents and 18-32 kg/m2 in adults
  • Oral PIF ≥40 L/min, using an appropriate device set to match resistance of inhaler
  • Good health, except for presence of asthma, per medical history/physical examination
  • Negative drug/alcohol/urine cotinine screen. Subjects must test negative for amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cannabinoids, cocaine, cotinine, ethanol & opiates (unless given as prescription medicine)
  • Non-smokers or ex-smokers with a smoking history of less than 10 pack-yrs (e.g. <20 cigarettes per day for 10 years or <40 cigarettes per day for 5 years) & stopped smoking for at least 1 year prior to Screening Visit. Smoking will not be permitted throughout study
  • Female subjects of child-bearing potential must be using medically acceptable forms of contraception [abstinence, hormonal (oral/implant/transdermal/injection), in use for ≥3 consecutive months before first dose of study medication, double barrier (condom w/spermicide, or diaphragm w/spermicide), IUD, or vasectomised partner (≥6 months since vasectomy)].


  • Regular use (≥3 times/wk) of topical steroids to treat dermatitis/rhinitis/allergic conjunctivitis, within 28 days of Screening Visit
  • Subjects who have/who have had, an upper/lower respiratory tract infection within 28 days of Screening Visit
  • Subjects w/"brittle asthma
  • Subjects w/asthma that required admission to an ICU and/or ventilation within previous 12 months
  • Subjects whose comorbidities, per investigator's opinion, are major contributors to their respiratory symptoms (e.g. COPD, bronchiectasis, dysfunctional breathlessness, vocal cord dysfunction, gastro-oesophageal reflux)
  • Previously/currently diagnosed as having Churg-Strauss syndrome
  • Previously/currently diagnosed as having pulmonary eosinophilia
  • History of lung cancer
  • Subjects w/current diagnosis of HIV infection
  • Active chronic hepatitis B or C infection
  • Subjects who have clinically significant abnormality/finding from examination, tests, or history that may compromise subject safety, specifically any history of cardiac, renal or hepatic impairment
  • Subjects with an abnormal ECG
  • Persistent arterial hypotension, with average SBP readings of ≤95 mmHg
  • Persistent elevation of blood pressure, with average SBP readings of ≥160 mmHg or average DBP readings of ≥100 mmHg
  • Pregnant or lactating females
  • Participation in another clinical study in 28 days prior to Screening Visit
  • Evidence of clinically significant renal, hepatic, cardiac, pulmonary (apart from asthma) or metabolic dysfunction, e.g. diabetes mellitus, thyrotoxicosis, uncorrectable hypokalaemia, or predisposition to low levels of serum potassium
  • Current/history of drug/alcohol abuse/dependence per WHO criteria
  • Inability to communicate well w/investigator
  • Donation of ≥450 mL of blood/blood products within previous 3 months prior to screening
  • History of allergy/intolerance/contraindications to corticosteroids/lactose, or severe allergy to milk proteins
  • Consumption of alcohol- or caffeine-containing foods/beverages from midnight before or during Screening Visit
  • History of medically diagnosed chronic respiratory diseases other than asthma (e.g. chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, ABPA in the absence of asthma)

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Vectura Limited

Responsible Party: Vectura Limited Identifier: NCT01720069     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: VR506/2/004
First Posted: November 1, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: September 22, 2014
Last Verified: September 2014

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bronchial Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Hypersensitivity
Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Immune System Diseases