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Open Access Albuterol multidose dry powder inhaler efficacy and safety versus placebo in children with asthma


A novel, inhalation-driven, multidose dry powder inhaler (MDPI) that does not require coordination of actuation with inhalation has been developed.


To evaluate the efficacy and safety of albuterol MDPI versus placebo MDPI after chronic dosing in children with asthma.


This phase III, double-blind, parallel-group study included children with asthma (ages, 4‐11 years) with forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) of 50‐95% of predicted. After a 14-day run-in period wherein the patients continued their current asthma therapy and received single-blind placebo MDPI, they were randomized to albuterol MDPI 90 μg per inhalation, two inhalations four times daily (total daily dose, 720 μg), or placebo for 3 weeks. Pulmonary function was assessed on days 1 and 22. Efficacy and safety were evaluated by measuring the baseline-adjusted percent-predicted FEV1 (PPFEV1) area under the time curve over 6 hours (AUC0‐6) after the dose and adverse events, respectively.


The full analysis set included 184 patients. Patients treated with albuterol MDPI versus patients treated with placebo MDPI had significantly greater baseline-adjusted PPFEV1 AUC0‐6 over 3 weeks (least squares mean difference, 25.0%•hour, which favored albuterol; p < 0.001). The benefit of albuterol (mean change in PPFEV1) was evident 5 minutes after dosing and lasted several hours; the maximal effect was noted 1 to 2 hours after dosing. Albuterol MDPI was well tolerated.


In children with persistent asthma, albuterol MDPI improved pulmonary function significantly better than placebo MDPI over 3 weeks of treatment. Clinical efficacy was evident within 5 minutes of dosing and maintained for >2 hours. Four times daily administration was well tolerated.

Keywords: Adrenergic β-2 receptor agonists; asthma; bronchodilator; drug safety; metered-dose inhaler; pediatrics; respiratory function tests; treatment efficacy

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2017

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