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Open Access Evaluation of beclomethasone dipropionate (80 and 160 micrograms/day) delivered via a breath-actuated inhaler for persistent asthma

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Breath-actuated inhalers (BAI) may simplify the delivery of inhaled medications compared with other devices.


To evaluate the efficacy and safety of beclomethasone dipropionate BAI versus matching placebo in adolescent and adult patients with persistent asthma.


This phase III, 12-week, double-blind study enrolled patients with asthma aged ≥12 years who were previously treated with a stable dose of inhaled corticosteroid or noncorticosteroid therapy. After a run-in period of 14 to 21 days, patients were randomly assigned in a 1:1:1 ratio to beclomethasone dipropionate BAI 80 or 160 micrograms/day (40 or 80 micrograms twice daily) or placebo BAI. The primary end point was the standardized baseline-adjusted trough morning forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) area under the effect curve from time 0 to 12 weeks (AUEC[0‐12 weeks]). Secondary end points included peak expiratory flow, rescue medication use, asthma symptoms, and the time to withdrawal due to meeting predefined criteria for worsening asthma. Additional end points evaluated quality of life, instructions for use, and safety.


The full analysis and the safety sets included 270 and 273 patients, respectively. Patients who received beclomethasone dipropionate BAI 80 or 160 micrograms/day had significant improvements in FEV1 AUEC(0‐12 weeks) versus placebo (p ≤ 0.001). Improvements in secondary end points were also apparent in patients who received beclomethasone dipropionate BAI 80 or 160 micrograms/day compared with placebo. Patients who received beclomethasone dipropionate BAI 80 or 160 micrograms/day had greater increases in Asthma Quality of Life Questionnaire scores versus placebo patients at week 12. Of 98 patients who participated in the instructions-for-use substudy, 87 (88.8%) used the inhaler successfully on their first attempt. Treatment was generally safe and well tolerated.


Beclomethasone dipropionate BAI 80 and 160 micrograms/day were effective and well-accepted treatments in patients with asthma, with safety comparable to beclomethasone dipropionate delivered via a metered-dose inhaler.

Clinical trial NCT02040779,
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