Teva announces FDA approval of QVAR RediHaler (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) inhalation aerosol.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved QVAR RediHaler (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) inhalation aerosol, a breath-actuated inhaler for the maintenance treatment of asthma as a prophylactic therapy in patients 4 years of age and older. QVAR RediHaler is not indicated for the relief of acute bronchospasm.
The product is expected to become commercially available in both 40mcg and 80mcg strengths to patients by prescription during the first quarter of 2018.
QVAR RediHaler differs from conventional metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) as it delivers medication via a breath-actuated MDI, eliminating the need for hand-breath coordination during inhalation. QVAR RediHaler administers the same active drug ingredient found in QVAR (beclomethasone dipropionate HFA) Inhalation Aerosol, with a different mode of delivery. I
n addition, QVAR RediHaler is designed to be used without shaking or priming. It should not be used with a spacer or volume holding chamber.
“When working to manage asthma on a daily basis, proper administration of medication is of paramount importance,” said Dr. Warner W. Carr, M.D., associate medical director of Southern California Research at Allergy and Asthma Associates of Southern California Medical Group in Mission Viejo, CA. “However, research has indicated that approximately 76 percent of patients still struggle to use their MDI inhalers correctly1, thus placing them at increased risk for asthma exacerbations. From a clinical perspective, QVAR RediHaler is a much-needed treatment option for these patients who may be experiencing continued difficulty with hand-breath coordination.”
“It’s important that we uncover new opportunities to take longstanding, clinically effective medications, such as QVAR, and incorporate them into device technologies that may help address key ongoing issues for patients, including inhaler technique,” said Tushar Shah, M.D., head of late stage development at Teva Pharmaceuticals. “The FDA approval of QVAR RediHaler brings to market inhaler technology aimed at enabling patients to more accurately administer the medication and ensuring they are receiving a proper dose with each inhalation.”
QVAR MDI with dose counter, the currently available form of QVAR, was originally approved by the FDA in 2014. Teva plans to discontinue sales of this current QVAR MDI formulation upon the launch of QVAR RediHaler in the first quarter of 2018. Patients and caregivers are encouraged to speak with a healthcare professional about how this transition may impact their current treatment plan.
This approval is supported by Teva’s clinical development program for QVAR RediHaler, which includes data from one Phase I and four Phase III studies that evaluated the safety and efficacy of the product in asthma patients ages four years and older.
(Source: Business Wire)