, Jan. 13, 2014
/CNW/ - Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.
(Novartis) announced today that Health Canada has approved the use of
long-term once-daily dual bronchodilator Ultibro Breezhaler®
(indacaterol 110 mcg / glycopyrronium 50 mcg) as a maintenance
bronchodilator treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic
bronchitis and emphysema.
"The availability of ULTIBRO® BREEZHALER® is good news for my patients
with COPD who struggle with disabling breathlessness as they attempt
simple everyday tasks." says Dr. Kenneth Chapman, Director, Asthma &
Airway Centre of the University Health Network, located in Toronto. "A
new treatment option that improves lung function and relieves
breathlessness around the clock following just one inhalation is a
Health Canada approved Ultibro Breezhaler® based on five studies from the IGNITE clinical program (SHINE2, ILLUMINATE3, SPARK4, BRIGHT5 and ENLIGHTEN6 studies). These studies showed that QVA149 provided rapid and sustained
improvements in lung function, and significantly reduced shortness of
breath. These improvements were maintained throughout the duration of
the trials13,14. The IGNITE clinical program is one of the largest international phase
III clinical trial programs in COPD, with 11 trials in total and more
than 10 000 patients involved. 2-12
Ultibro Breezhaler® is a fixed-dose combination (FDC) of two bronchodilators, Onbrez® Breezhaler®15 (indacaterol maleate), a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) and Seebri® Breezhaler®16 (glycopyrronium bromide), a long-acting anticholinergic (LAAC). Both are
currently used by healthcare professionals as individual therapies to
treat COPD in Canada.
"COPD is known to affect an estimated 210 million people worldwide17 and is projected to be the third leading cause of death by 202018. Several patients find COPD symptoms really tough to cope with - even
if they're already taking treatment," said Dr. Riad Sherif, President
of Novartis. "With the approval of Ultibro Breezhaler®, Novartis is pleased that Health Canada recognizes the efficacy of dual
therapy, which has the potential to make a real difference for those
About the IGNITE clinical trial program
In the Phase III IGNITE clinical trial program, Ultibro Breezhaler® (QVA149) was investigated for the treatment of COPD patients as an
inhaled FDC of indacaterol maleate and glycopyrronium bromide. IGNITE
is one of the largest international clinical trial programs in COPD
comprising 11 studies in total (ILLUMINATE, SHINE, BRIGHT, ENLIGHTEN,
SPARK, BLAZE, ARISE, BEACON, RADIATE, LANTERN, FLAME) with more than
10,000* patients across 52 countries2-12,19,20. The first eight studies (ILLUMINATE, SHINE, BRIGHT, ENLIGHTEN, SPARK,
BLAZE, ARISE, BEACON) completed in 2012. The studies are designed to
investigate the efficacy, safety and tolerability, lung function,
exercise endurance, exacerbations, shortness of breath and quality of
life in patients treated with QVA149.
Results from the Phase III IGNITE trials2-12 demonstrated statistically significant improvements in bronchodilation
with Ultibro Breezhaler® versus placebo. Data showed that Ultibro Breezhaler® significantly improved bronchodilation providing a rapid onset and
sustained bronchodilation during a 24-hour period which was maintained
for up to 26 weeks21. In the IGNITE Phase III trial program, Ultibro Breezhaler® also showed symptomatic improvements versus placebo in COPD patients2,4,5,13. These symptomatic improvements included shortness of breath, exercise
tolerance, rescue medication use and health-related quality of life2,4,5,13.
In clinical studies, Ultibro Breezhaler® demonstrated an acceptable safety profile with no meaningful
differences between the treatment groups in the incidence of adverse
and serious adverse events2,3,4,5,21. The most common adverse drug reactions related to Ultibro Breezhaler® were cough and oropharyngeal pain1.
*Total refers to all 11 IGNITE studies.
About the Novartis COPD portfolio
Novartis is committed to addressing the unmet medical needs of patients
with respiratory diseases and improving their quality of life by
providing innovative medicines and devices.
Available in Canada, Onbrez® Breezhaler® (indacaterol maleate) 75 mcg is a long-acting 2-agonist (LABA)
indicated for long-term maintenance bronchodilator treatment of airflow
obstruction in patients with COPD, including chronic bronchitis and
Also approved for use in Canada, once-daily Seebri® Breezhaler® (glycopyrronium bromide) 50 mcg is a novel inhaled long-acting
anticholinergic (LAAC; also referred to as a long-acting muscarinic
antagonist) indicated as a maintenance bronchodilator treatment in
patients with COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema16.
COPD is a progressive life-threatening disease that makes it hard to
breathe, with symptoms that have a destructive impact on patients'
function and quality of life18,22. It affects an estimated 210 million people worldwide17 and is projected to be the third leading cause of death by 202018.
COPD is often considered to be a disease of later years, but estimates
suggest that 50% of those with COPD are now less than 65 years old,
resulting in increases in absenteeism, premature retirement and
reductions in workforce participation23.
In Canada, 2009-2010 estimates show that 4% of Canadians aged 35 and
older are affected. Cigarette smoking is the principal cause,
accounting for 80% of COPD deaths24.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc., a leader in the healthcare field,
is committed to the discovery, development and marketing of innovative
products to improve the well-being of all Canadians. In 2012, the
company invested close to $100 million in research and development in
Canada. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. employs more than 600
people in Canada. For further information, please consult www.novartis.ca.
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc. is an affiliate of Novartis AG,
which provides innovative healthcare solutions that address the
evolving needs of patients and societies. Headquartered in Basel,
Switzerland, Novartis offers a diversified portfolio to best meet these
needs: innovative medicines, eye care, cost-saving generic
pharmaceuticals, preventive vaccines and diagnostic tools,
over-the-counter and animal health products. Novartis is the only
global company with leading positions in these areas. In 2012, the
Group achieved net sales of USD 56.7 billion, while R&D throughout the
Group amounted to approximately USD 9.3 billion (USD 9.1 billion
excluding impairment and amortization charges). Novartis Group
companies employ approximately 133,000 full-time equivalent associates
and operate in more than 140 countries around the world. For more
information, please visit www.novartis.com.
Ultibro is a trademark of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.
®Onbrez, Seebri and Breezhaler are registered trademarks of Novartis
Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.
Ultibro Breezhaler® Product Monograph, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Inc.
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