Landmark TIOSPIR(TM) trial reinforces value of SPIRIVA(R) in two formulations
as one of the leading maintenance therapies for chronic obstructive pulmonary
One of largest COPD trials ever conducted confirms comparable safety and
efficacy profile of SPIRIVA(®) Respimat(®* )2.5 µg (once a day, two
puffs)(††) and SPIRIVA(®) HandiHaler(®) 18 µg
-- Time to first COPD exacerbation was comparable for both SPIRIVA
(®) (tiotropium) formulations: Respimat(®) 2.5 µg (once a day,
two puffs) and HandiHaler(®) 18 µg(1)
-- Building on the on-treatment mortality benefit of SPIRIVA(®) 18
µg via HandiHaler(®) vs. control in the milestone trial UPLIFT
(‡2), the TIOSPIR™ trial showed a similar impact on
survival between SPIRIVA(®) Respimat(®) and SPIRIVA(®)
-- With broad inclusion criteria, the TIOSPIR™ trial
population was representative of typical, real-world COPD
patients, including patients with all COPD disease assessment
categories (GOLD(§) groups A-D), comprehensive use of
concomitant COPD medications, and patients with a history of
BURLINGTON, ON, Sept. 9, 2013 /CNW/ - TIOSPIR™ (Tiotropium Safety and
Performance in Respimat(®)), with over 17,000 COPD patients included and one
of the largest international COPD trials ever conducted, confirmed the
comparable safety and efficacy profile of the two SPIRIVA(®) formulations -
SPIRIVA(®) Respimat(®) 2.5 μg (once a day, two puffs) and SPIRIVA(®)
HandiHaler® 18 μg.(1) The trial included two SPIRIVA(®) delivery systems,
the unique Respimat(®) inhaler and the dry powder inhaler HandiHaler(®).(1)
The highly-anticipated results from the three year trial were published in the
New England Journal of Medicine (on September 8, 2013). TIOSPIR™ was
designed to provide evidence of the relative safety and efficacy profile of
the investigational SPIRIVA(®) Respimat(®)2.5 μg (once a day, two puffs),
or Respimat(®) 1.25 μg (once a day, two puffs)** compared with SPIRIVA(®)
HandiHaler(®) 18 µg.(††) TIOSPIR™ was specifically designed to be of
an adequate size and duration, to enable analysis of all-cause mortality and
time to first COPD exacerbation in a large COPD patient population, with broad
inclusion criteria, which closely reflects the real-world COPD patient
Commenting on the results, Dr. Andrew McIvor, Professor of Medicine, McMaster
University, Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health, St. Joseph's
Healthcare, said, "TIOSPIR™ is a landmark clinical trial which included 50
sites in Canada, providing evidence of the safety and efficacy of tiotropium
delivered either by HandiHaler(®) or Respimat(®) in a broad population of
COPD patients, including those with a history of cardiovascular disease.
Importantly, the TIOSPIR™ trial reinforces that physicians can be confident
in continuing to prescribe SPIRIVA(®) HandiHaler(®) as a proven maintenance
therapy across the spectrum of different severities of COPD patients."
Efficacy as measured by time to first COPD exacerbation
The TIOSPIR(TM) trial demonstrated comparable results for time to first COPD
exacerbation for both formulations of SPIRIVA(®). In particular, the median
time to COPD exacerbation was approximately two years for both formulations.
For SPIRIVA(®) Respimat(®) 2.5 µg (once a day, two puffs) this was 756 days
compared to 719 days for SPIRIVA(®) HandiHaler(®) 18 µg.(1)
COPD exacerbations have a significant impact on patients' lives(3,4,5,6) and
reducing their frequency and severity are principal goals of COPD
treatment.(7) The TIOSPIR™ results demonstrate that Respimat(®) and
HandiHaler(®) showed comparable results for time to first COPD exacerbation,
exacerbation frequency as well as rate of COPD exacerbations associated with
TIOSPIR™ builds upon the established efficacy profile of SPIRIVA(®)
HandiHaler(® )as demonstrated in several trials, including the four year
UPLIFT(®‡‡2) trial as well as a large-scale trial, POET-COPD(®§), which
was specifically powered to investigate COPD exacerbations.(8)
-- In the UPLIFT(®‡‡) trial, SPIRIVA(®) 18 µg via
HandiHaler(®) was associated with reduction in the risk of
exacerbations, related hospitalizations and respiratory failure
vs. control (placebo)(2,9)
-- SPIRIVA(®) 18 µg via HandiHaler(®) demonstrated a 28 per cent
reduction in the risk of a COPD exacerbation leading to
hospitalization vs. the active comparator, the long-acting beta
(2) agonist salmeterol, as observed in the POET-COPD(®§§) trial
-- In a separate trial, SPIRIVA(®) Respimat(®) 2.5 µg (once a day,
two puffs) had a significant reduction in the risk of COPD
exacerbations vs. placebo
(31 per cent decrease)***(10)
Safety as measured by survival rates
The three year TIOSPIR™ trial also showed an equal impact on survival - as
measured by all-cause mortality for tiotropium (SPIRIVA(®) Respimat(®) 2.5
µg (once a day, two puffs) vs. HandiHaler(® )18 µg).(1 )This adds to
evidence from the UPLIFT(®‡‡) trial in which Spiriva(®) HandiHaler(®)
(18 µg) reduced the risk of death compared to control by 16 per cent
(placebo) (P=0.016) and suggests an equally beneficial effect of the two
SPIRIVA® formulations on survival.(11)
Importantly TIOSPIR™ also demonstrated that:
-- The incidence of adverse events and major adverse
cardiovascular events was similar between the treatment groups
-- In patients with a history of cardiac arrhythmia, SPIRIVA(®)
Respimat(®) 2.5 μg (once a day, 2 puffs) and SPIRIVA(®)
HandiHaler(®) 18 µg showed similar impact on survival as
measured by all-cause mortality(1 )
COPD in Canada
Currently, COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in Canada and is expected
to be the third leading cause of death worldwide by the year 2020.(12,13
)Furthermore, mortality rates from COPD have risen over the past 15 years,
particularly in women.(12)
It is estimated that hospital admissions for COPD lung attacks average a
10-day stay with a cost associated at approximately $10,000, resulting in an
estimated total cost of COPD hospitalizations at a cost of $1.5 billion
annually.(14) Furthermore, over the next 25 years, it has been suggested that
COPD will be responsible for approximately $101.4 billion in societal costs.
The best strategy to reduce this financial burden is by reducing the number of
COPD exacerbations that individuals experience.(15)
TIOtropium Safety and Performance In Respimat(®) (TIOSPIR™), a global
landmark trial in more than 17,000 patients, was one of the largest chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) trials ever conducted. Participants were
recruited between May 2010 and April 2011 and were randomized to treatment in
more than 1,200 investigator sites in 50 countries. The trial compared the
safety and efficacy of SPIRIVA(®) Respimat(®) inhaler 2.5 μg (once a day,
two puffs),(†††) or SPIRIVA(® )Respimat(®) 1.25 μg (once a day, two
puffs)(‡‡‡) with SPIRIVA(®) HandiHaler(®) 18 µg. Over the three-year
duration of the trial, TIOSPIR™ demonstrated that SPIRIVA(®) Respimat(®) 5
μg or 2.5 µg have similar exacerbation, safety and efficacy outcomes to the
well-established profile of SPIRIVA(®) HandiHaler(®) 18 µg in COPD. In a
spirometry substudy of TIOSPIR™, involving 1,370 participants, Respimat(®)
5 μg was non-inferior to HandiHaler(®) for FEV(1), but the Respimat(®) 2.5
μg dose was not.
SPIRIVA(®) is delivered via HandiHaler(®), a breath-actuated, single-dose
dry powder inhaler, or by SPIRIVA(®) Respimat(®) Inhaler™ propellant-free,
new generation inhaler that combines innovative technology with the proven
efficacy of SPIRIVA(®).(* )
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*Tiotropium delivered by the Respimat(®) inhaler is currently not
authorized for sale in Canada
(††)This is the dose referred to in the NEJM TIOSPIR™
publication as tiotropium Respimat(®) 5 µg
(‡)In UPLIFT(®), a trial of nearly 6,000 patients, SPIRIVA(®) 18
µg via HandiHaler(®) showed a 16 per cent reduction in the risk of
death compared to control. While SPIRIVA(®) 18 µg via HandiHaler(®) did
not alter the rate of decline in lung function, a coprimary study
endpoint in the UPLIFT(®) study, it sustained greater improvements in
lung function vs. control (placebo)
(§) The GOLD report (international guidelines developed by the Global
Initiative for Obstructive Lung Disease) classifies COPD patients into
groups A-D, based on a combination of spirometry results, severity of
symptoms, and risk of exacerbations
**The investigational doses of SPIRIVA(®) Respimat(®), 1.25 µg (once a
day, two puffs) and 2.5 µg (once a day, two puffs) are referred to in
the NEJM TIOSPIR™ publication as tiotropium Respimat(®) 2.5 µg
and 5 µg respectively
(‡‡)While SPIRIVA(®) 18 µg via HandiHaler(®) did not alter
the rate of decline in lung function, a coprimary study endpoint in the
UPLIFT(®) study, it sustained greater improvements in lung function vs.
(§§)The POET-COPD(®) trial was a one-year, randomised, double-blind,
double-dummy, parallel-group trial with a primary endpoint of time to
first exacerbation, comparing once-daily SPIRIVA(®) 18 μg via
HandiHaler® with twice-daily salmeterol 50 μg via HFA-pMDI
(†††)This is the dose referred to in the NEJM
TIOSPIR™ publication as tiotropium Respimat(®) 5 µg
(‡‡‡)The investigational doses of SPIRIVA® Respimat®,
1.25 µg (once a day, two puffs) and 2.5 µg (once a day, two puffs) are
referred to in the NEJM TIOSPIR™ publication as tiotropium
Respimat® 2.5 µg and 5 µg respectively
*Tiotropium delivered by the Respimat(®) inhaler is currently not authorized for sale in Canada
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