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Efficacy and Tolerability of Beclometasone/Formoterol Single Inhaler in Patients With Moderate to Severe Persistent Asthma

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A. Identifier:
First received: May 18, 2007
Last updated: April 2, 2012
Last verified: April 2012
Efficacy and tolerability of the fixed combination beclometasone/formoterol in patients with moderate to severe persistent asthma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Drug: beclomethasone/formoterol (100/6µg) pMDI
Drug: Beclometasone dipropionate 250 µg/unit dose pMDI
Drug: Formoterol powder 12 µg/unit dose
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: A 24-week Phase III Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Tolerability of Beclometasone/Formoterol Single Inhaler HFA 134a-pMDI in Adult Patients With Moderate to Severe Persistent Asthma

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Further study details as provided by Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Pre-dose morning PEF [ Time Frame: End of treatment ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Pre-dose FEV1 [ Time Frame: At clinic visits ]
  • Other spirometric parameters [ Time Frame: At clinic visits ]
  • Morning and evening asthma clinical symptom scores [ Time Frame: End of treatment ]
  • Percentage of night and/or days free of clinical symptoms [ Time Frame: End of treatment ]
  • Use of rescue short-acting b2-agonists [ Time Frame: End of treatment ]
  • Asthma exacerbations [ Time Frame: end of treatment ]
  • safety and tolerability [ Time Frame: end of treatment ]

Enrollment: 824
Study Start Date: February 2004
Study Completion Date: January 2005
Primary Completion Date: January 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: beclometasone /formoterol
beclomethasone dipropionate 100 µg plus formoterol 6 µg pMDI
Drug: beclomethasone/formoterol (100/6µg) pMDI
Two puffs b.i.d
Active Comparator: Beclomethasone
Beclomethasone dipropionate (BecotideTM) 250 µg/unit dose pMDI aerosol via CFC propellant.
Drug: Beclometasone dipropionate 250 µg/unit dose pMDI
2 inhalations bid
Other Name: BecotideTM
Active Comparator: Formoterol powder 12 µg/unit dose
Formoterol powder 12 µg/unit dose (Foradil™)
Drug: Formoterol powder 12 µg/unit dose
2 inhalations bid
Other Name: Foradil™

Detailed Description:
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of beclometasone/formoterol single inhaler in a twice daily regimen in patients with moderate to severe persistent asthma. Patients are randomised to receive either beclometasone/formoterol single inhaler (total daily dose: BDP/FF 400/24 mcg) or beclometasone CFC + formoterol DPI (total daily dose: BDP 1000 mcg + FF 24 mcg) or beclometasone CFC (total daily dose: BDP 1000 mcg) during 24 weeks of treatment.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical diagnosis of moderate to severe persistent asthma (according to GINA 2002 guidelines)
  • FEV1 > 40% and < 80% of predicted normal post-bronchodilator (and at least 0.7 L absolute value)
  • Patients already treated for at least 2 months with an association of inhaled corticosteroids plus LABA at doses of:

    750 - 1000 µg beclomethasone dipropionate or equivalent (ICSs) 24 µg formoterol or 100 µg salmeterol (LABAs)

  • Or patients naïve of LABA already treated for at least 2 months with inhaled corticosteroids (doses as above) associated with a daily use of SABA and/or with clinical symptoms > 3 times in the week prior to inclusion
  • A documented positive response to the reversibility test.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnant or lactating females or women of childbearing potential without any efficient contraception.
  • Heavy smokers defined as smoking for > 10 pack years.
  • Evidence of asthma exacerbation causing an hospitalisation or requiring treatment with oral/parenteral corticosteroids or evidence of symptomatic airways infection in the 4 weeks prior to inclusion (3 months for slow-release corticosteroids).
  • Seasonal asthma or asthma occurring only during episodic exposure to an allergen or occupational chemical sensitizer.
  • Clinically significant or unstable concomitant diseases, including clinically significant laboratory abnormalities.
  • Patients with an abnormal QTc interval value in the ECG test, defined as > 450 msec in males or > 470 msec in females.
  • Evidence of asthma worsening during the week preceding randomisation (e.g. PEF variability > 30% during 2 consecutive days, SABA use > 8 puffs/day during 2 consecutive days, nocturnal awakenings due to asthma symptoms during 3 consecutive days
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00476268

Sponsors and Collaborators
Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.
Study Director: Francoise Bonnet-Gonod Chiesi Farmaceutici
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A. Identifier: NCT00476268     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DM/PR/033011/003/03
Study First Received: May 18, 2007
Last Updated: April 2, 2012

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Bronchial Diseases
Respiratory Tract Diseases
Lung Diseases, Obstructive
Lung Diseases
Respiratory Hypersensitivity
Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Immune System Diseases
Formoterol Fumarate
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Hormones, Hormone Substitutes, and Hormone Antagonists
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Anti-Asthmatic Agents
Respiratory System Agents
Bronchodilator Agents
Autonomic Agents
Peripheral Nervous System Agents
Adrenergic beta-2 Receptor Agonists
Adrenergic beta-Agonists
Adrenergic Agonists
Adrenergic Agents
Neurotransmitter Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action processed this record on May 23, 2017