Late-breaking abstract will highlight the application of independent expert consensus thresholds for SABA use to an asthma patient cohort whose daily SABA use was reliably recorded via a digital platform
Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., a U.S. affiliate of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA), today announced new findings will be presented at the 2022 American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2022 Annual Meeting that apply clinical thresholds for short-acting beta agonist (SABA) use established by independent expert consensus to objective patient data from ProAir Digihaler (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder. These findings are the first to examine daily SABA usage captured by the ProAir Digihaler based on the clinical thresholds and will be presented in a late-breaker oral session at the 2022 ATS Annual Meeting, taking place on May 13-18, 2022, in San Francisco.
“Asthma is a common and serious chronic lung disease that affects the airways, which can make breathing difficult.1 SABA inhalers are used to get treatment to the lungs quickly during an exacerbation or asthma attack, but its overuse is associated with poorly controlled asthma and other adverse outcomes,”2 said Tanisha Hill, Senior Medical Director, Respiratory at Teva. “Our latest data at ATS will showcase how objective data from ProAir Digihaler, an FDA-approved reliever medication with a built-in sensor, could help capture reliable reliever usage and inhaler event data that physicians and their patients can use to help support informed treatment discussions and assessments.”
This presentation can be accessed by registering for the meeting.
Teva-sponsored data to be presented include:
Application of Modified Delphi Expert Consensus Thresholds on SABA Reliever Use in Asthma to Data Obtained from a 12-Week Study of a Digital Inhaler in Sub-Optimally Controlled Asthma Patients
Session: B14 Old Dogs New Tricks: Late-Breaking Abstracts in Obstructive Lung Disease
Date/Time: Monday, May 16th, 10:00 AM – 10:10 AM
About ProAir Digihaler
The Digihaler Inhalers are the first family of smart inhalers with built-in sensors that capture personal inhaler data and allow patients to track and share their data. ProAir Digihaler (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder is the first and only breath-actuated, digital short-acting beta agonist (SABA) inhaler with built-in flow sensors that detect, record and store objective data showing how often and how well patients use their rescue inhaler, as measured by inspiratory flow. Patients are able to view their personalized data on the Digihaler® app and can share it with a healthcare provider to inform their asthma treatment plan, facilitate dialogue and guide decisions around treatment adjustments. This personal inhaler data can record how well a patient uses their inhaler by measuring the strength of inhalations, indicating when inhaler technique may need improvement. In addition, the data can capture rescue inhaler user patterns over time and show trends indicating when increasing SABA use might be associated with disease worsening.
ProAir Digihaler Indications and Usage
ProAir Digihaler (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder is a prescription medicine used in people ≥4 years of age for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm in people who have reversible obstructive airway disease and for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm.
Important Safety Information About ProAir Digihaler
- Contraindications: ProAir Digihaler (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to albuterol or patients with a severe hypersensitivity to milk proteins. Rare cases of hypersensitivity reactions, including urticaria, angioedema, and rash have been reported after the use of albuterol sulfate. There have been reports of anaphylactic reactions in patients using inhalation therapies containing lactose
- Paradoxical Bronchospasm: ProAir Digihaler can produce paradoxical bronchospasm that may be life-threatening. Discontinue ProAir Digihaler and institute alternative therapy if paradoxical bronchospasm occurs.
- Deterioration of Asthma: Need for more doses of ProAir Digihaler than usual may be a marker of acute or chronic deterioration of asthma and requires reevaluation of treatment, such as possible need for anti-inflammatory treatment, e.g., corticosteroids
- Use of Anti-Inflammatory Agents: ProAir Digihaler alone may not be adequate to control asthma in many patients. Early consideration should be given to adding anti-inflammatory agents, e.g., corticosteroids
- Cardiovascular Effects: ProAir Digihaler, like other beta-adrenergic agonists, can produce clinically significant cardiovascular effects in some patients, as measured by heart rate, blood pressure, and/or symptoms. If such effects occur, the drug may need to be discontinued. ProAir Digihaler, like all sympathomimetic amines, should be used with caution in patients with cardiovascular disorders, especially coronary insufficiency, cardiac arrhythmias, and hypertension
- Do Not Exceed Recommended Dose: Fatalities have been reported in association with excessive use of inhaled sympathomimetic drugs in patients with asthma
- Hypersensitivity Reactions including Anaphylaxis: Immediate hypersensitivity reactions may occur after administration of albuterol sulfate, as demonstrated by rare cases of urticaria, angioedema, rash, bronchospasm, anaphylaxis, and oropharyngeal edema. Hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylaxis, angioedema, pruritus, and rash have been reported with the use of therapies containing lactose, an inactive ingredient in ProAir Digihaler
- Coexisting Conditions: ProAir Digihaler, like all sympathomimetic amines, should be used with caution in patients with convulsive disorders, hyperthyroidism, or diabetes mellitus; and in patients who are unusually responsive to sympathomimetic amines
- Hypokalemia: As with other beta-agonists, ProAir Digihaler may produce significant hypokalemia in some patients. The decrease is usually transient, not requiring supplementation
- Most common adverse reactions (≥1% and >placebo) are back pain, pain, gastroenteritis viral, sinus headache, urinary tract infection, nasopharyngitis, oropharyngeal pain and vomiting
Drug Interactions: Other short-acting sympathomimetic bronchodilators should not be used concomitantly with ProAir Digihaler
- Beta-Blockers: Beta-adrenergic-receptor blocking agents not only block the pulmonary effect of beta-agonists, such as ProAir Digihaler, but may produce severe bronchospasm in asthmatic patients. Therefore, patients with asthma should not normally be treated with beta-blockers
- Diuretics: Caution is advised in the coadministration of beta-agonists with non-potassium sparing diuretics (such as loop or thiazide diuretics). Consider monitoring potassium levels
- Digoxin: Carefully evaluate the serum digoxin levels in patients who are currently receiving digoxin and ProAir Digihaler
- Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors or Tricyclic Antidepressants: ProAir Digihaler should be administered with extreme caution to patients being treated with these agents, or within 2 weeks of discontinuation of these agents, because the action of albuterol on the cardiovascular system may be potentiated. Consider alternative therapy
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1 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. What is Asthma? Available at: www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/asthma. Accessed: April 19, 2022.
2 Tavakoli H, Mark FitzGerald J, Lynd LD, Sadatsafavi M. Predictors of inappropriate and excessive use of reliever medications in asthma: a 16-year population-based study. BMC Pulm Med. 2018;18(1):33. doi:10.1186/s12890-018-0598-4
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