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11.09.2017 – 11:35

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Largest Ever flutiform® Study Confirms Effectiveness and Tolerability in Real-world Clinical Practice: Findings from AffIRM Study to be Presented at ERS 2017

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- First presentation of largest ever real-world flutiform® study at 
  European Respiratory Society International Congress involving over 
  2,500 patients
- Proportion of patients with well-controlled asthma more than 
  doubled 12 months after switching to flutiform pMDI

New real-world data to be presented at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) annual congress in Milan, Italy, will show that the proportion of patients with well-controlled asthma more than doubled 12 months after switching to flutiform pMDI (pressurised metered dose inhaler) compared with baseline.[1] flutiform (fluticasone propionate/formoterol) is indicated for use as a maintenance treatment for asthma patients aged 12 years and older where ICS/LABA therapy is appropriate.

"This large study further extends the body of evidence for flutiform, demonstrating its safety and effectiveness profilein patients in real life clinical practice with improved asthma control and a reduction in exacerbations compared with baseline," commented Professor David Price, Chair of Primary Care Respiratory Medicine at the University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, UK. "Real-world evidence like this is essential to complement data from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) by evaluating outcomes in asthma patients in everyday clinical practice, as RCTs investigate a subgroup of the asthma populationand adherence tends to beunusually high."

Assessment of fluticasone propionate/formoterol In Real life Maintenance treatment (AffIRM) is the largest study to date of flutiform, with over 2,500 patients enrolled, and is part of Affinity, Mundipharma's international collaborative research programme for flutiform.

In this one-year, non-interventional study of 2,539 asthma patients, more than two thirds of patients had switched from another ICS/LABA (either a fixed dose combination or free combination of ICS plus LABA).[1] The safety profile of flutiform pMDI in practice was consistent with that demonstrated in clinical trials. Secondary analyses demonstrated that the proportion of patients with controlled asthma increased from 29.4% at baseline to 67.4% (last observation carried forward) and the mean total Asthma Control Test score increased from 16.3 to 20.4.[1] In the year prior to enrolment, 64.2% patients were free from severe asthma exacerbations compared with 90.2% during the study period. flutiform pMDI was associated with improvements from baseline in Asthma Quality of Life scores, adherence and physician/patient satisfaction.[1]

Sub-optimal asthma control remains a major problem in Europe, with many patients experiencing largely preventable symptoms that disrupt their daily lives.[2] Research suggests that only 20% of patients in Europe have controlled asthma according to the GINA definition.[2] In addition, poor or improper inhaler technique in asthma patients can lead to critical inhaler errors and are associated with reduced disease control,[3],[4] worse asthma outcomes[5] and an increase in hospital visits.[3]

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About flutiform

In Europe, flutiform is licensed for the regular treatment of asthma when use of a combination product (an inhaled corticosteroid [ICS] and a long-acting ?2-agonist [LABA]) is appropriate: for patients not adequately controlled with an ICS and an 'as required' inhaled short-acting ?2-agonist or for patients already adequately controlled on both an ICS and a LABA. It is available in countries across Europe including the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Netherlands and Italy. flutiform is available in 50/5?g and 125/5?g strengths for adults and adolescents; 250/10?g strength for adults only.[6]

About Asthma

Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways which leads to recurrent episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing. Patients with poorly managed asthma are at an increased risk of exacerbations, hospitalisation and death. Poorly managed asthma can also have a huge impact on a person's quality of life and day-to-day activities.[7]

About Vectura

Vectura, a FTSE250 company listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: VEC), is an industry-leading device and formulation business for inhaled airways products offering a uniquely integrated inhaled drug delivery platform. With its extensive range of device and formulation technologies, integrated capabilities and collaborations, Vectura is a leader in the development of inhalation products, increasing its ability to help patients suffering from respiratory diseases.

Vectura has eight inhaled, four non-inhaled and ten oral products marketed by partners with growing global royalty streams. The group has a diverse portfolio of drugs in clinical development, including a number of novel and generic programmes which are partnered with several global pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies including Hikma, Novartis, Sandoz, Mundipharma, Kyorin, Baxter, GSK, UCB, Ablynx, Grifols, Bayer, Chiesi, Almirall, Janssen, Dynavax and Tianjin KingYork along with two wholly owned nebulised development programmes.


1. Backer V, et al. Real-world study to evaluate the safety and 
effectiveness of fluticasone propionate/formoterol (FP/FORM) in 
patients with asthma. Abstract presented at European Respiratory 
Society (ERS) annual congress, Milan, Italy 2017 September 9- 13 

2. Price, D., Fletcher, M., van der Molen, T. Asthma control and 
management in 8,000 European patients: the REcognise Asthma and LInk 
to Symptoms and Experience (REALISE) survey. Prim Care Respir J
2014;24:14009-. doi:10.1038/npjpcrm.2014.9. 

3. Al-Jahdali H, Ahmed A, Al-Harbi A, Khan M, Baharoon S, Bin Salih 
S, et al. Improper inhaler technique is associated with poor asthma 
control and frequent emergency department visits. Allergy Asthma Clin
Immunol. 2013;9(1):8. 

4. Baddar S, Jayakrishnan B, Al-Rawas OA. Asthma control: importance 
of compliance and inhaler technique assessments. J Asthma . 

5. Price D, et al. "Inhaler errors in the CRITIKAL Study: type, 
frequency and association with asthma outcomes". Journal of Allergy 
and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. 2017;5(4):1071-1081 

6. flutiform SmPC 

7. European Respiratory Society. The European Lung White Book. 2013  

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Date of preparation: September 2017

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