The Food and Drug Administration has approved Trelegy Ellipta (fluticasone furoate/umeclidinium/vilanterol), a triple-therapy inhaler for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in adult patients, according to afrom GlaxoSmithKline and Innoviva.
Trelegy Ellipta combines an inhaled corticosteroid, a long-acting muscarinic antagonist, and a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist into an inhaler meant for once-daily use in people with COPD. Chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema patients are also indicated for treatment. The FDA-approved dosage is 100 mcg of fluticasone furoate, 62.5 mcg of umeclidinium, and 25 mcg of vilanterol.
“This approval represents a significant therapeutic convenience for those appropriate patients already on Breo Ellipta, that require additional bronchodilation or for those patients already on a combination of Breo Ellipta and Incruse Ellipta,” Mike Aguiar, CEO of Innoviva said in the press release.
In results supporting the FDA approval, thestudy, a 52-week phase 3 clinical trial including 10,355 COPD patients sponsored by GSK, found that patients receiving Trelegy Ellipta experienced a 25% reduction in moderate to severe exacerbations compared to patients receiving Anoro Ellipta, and a 15% reduction in moderate to severe exacerbations, compared with patients receiving Relvar/Breo Ellipta. Change from baseline FEV1, change from baseline scores on the St George’s Respiratory Questionnaire, and time to first moderate/severe COPD exacerbation also were improved in the Trelegy Ellipta study group compared to the others.
“This is the first study to report a comparison of a single inhaler triple therapy with two dual therapies, providing much needed clinical evidence about the ability of a single inhaler triple therapy to reduce exacerbations,” Patrick Vallance, President of R&D at GSK, noted in aannouncing the results of the IMPACT study.