Newly Published Head-to-Head Data Show STIOLTO RESPIMAT Improved Lung Function Across Range of Measures

Feb 09, 2016, 08:00 ET from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

RIDGEFIELD, Conn., Feb. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced the publication of data that show STIOLTO RESPIMAT improved lung function across a range of measures (FEV1 AUC0–12, FEV1 AUC0–24, FEV1 AUC12–24, peak0-3 FEV1 and trough FEV1) compared to a European formulation of a combination of a long-acting beta agonist (LABA), salmeterol, and an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS), fluticasone propionate (50/500 mcg, 50/250 mcg). 

Published online in Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), these data are from the ENERGITO® study, which investigated the impact of STIOLTO RESPIMAT on lung function among moderate to severe COPD patients.

"The publication of these results further demonstrates the ability of STIOLTO RESPIMAT to safely and effectively improve lung function in COPD patients," said James Donohue, MD Professor of Medicine and Former Chief of the Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. "These newly published data show a lung function improvement among COPD patients with STIOLTO RESPIMAT across a range of commonly used measures of lung function." 

Long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonists, such as olodaterol, one of the active ingredients in STIOLTO RESPIMAT, increase the risk of asthma-related death. STIOLTO RESPIMAT is not indicated for asthma and should not be initiated in acutely deteriorating COPD patients or for the relief of acute symptoms. STIOLTO RESPIMAT is contraindicated in patients with a hypersensitivity to tiotropium, ipratropium, olodaterol, or any component of this product. As with other inhaled medicines, STIOLTO RESPIMAT may cause paradoxical bronchospasm that may be life-threatening. The most common adverse reactions were nasopharyngitis, cough and back pain.

Please see complete Important Safety Information below.

STIOLTO RESPIMAT ( was approved in May 2015 for the long-term, once-daily maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with COPD, including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.  STIOLTO RESPIMAT is not indicated to treat asthma or acute deterioration of COPD.

Key findings include:

  • In the six week ENERGITO® multicenter, randomized, double-blind, double-dummy, active-controlled, four-treatment, four-period, complete crossover study (NCT01969721), patients treated with once-daily STIOLTO RESPIMAT had significant increases in FEV1 AUC0-12, the primary endpoint, than patients treated with salmeterol/fluticasone propionate (T+O 5/5 mcg compared to salmeterol/fluticasone propionate 50/500 mcg: 129mL (95% CI: 107,150) p< 0.0001 and 50/250 mcg: 125mL (95% CI: 103,147) p<0.0001).
  • In the study, FEV1 AUC0-24, the key secondary endpoint,  was also significantly increased  with STIOLTO RESPIMAT after six weeks compared to salmeterol/fluticasone propionate (T+O 5/5 mcg compared to salmeterol/fluticasone propionate 50/500 mcg: 86 mL (95% CI: 65,107) p< 0.0001 and 50/250 mcg: 82 mL (95% CI: 61,103) p< 0.0001). 
  • STIOLTO RESPIMAT also increased lung function compared to salmeterol/fluticasone propionate as measured by the following additional secondary endpoints at week six:
    • FEV1 AUC12–24 (T+O 5/5 mcg compared to salmeterol/fluticasone propionate 50/500 mcg: 43 mL (95% CI: 21,65) p<0.0002 and 50/250 mcg: 39 mL (95% CI: 17,62) p<0.0007) 
    • Peak0-3 FEV1 (T+O 5/5 mcg compared to salmeterol/fluticasone propionate 50/500 mcg: 147 mL (95% CI: 123,171) p<0.0001 and 50/250 mcg: 142 mL (95% CI: 118, 166) p<0.0001)
    • Trough FEV1 (T+O 5/5 mcg compared to salmeterol/fluticasone propionate 50/500 mcg: 58 mL (95% CI: 34,82) p<0.0001 and 50/250 mcg: 47 mL (95% CI: 22,71) p<0.0002)

The frequency of adverse events (AEs) was similar between all treatment groups with 29.7-37.0 percent of patients reporting at least one AE while on treatment. The most common adverse reactions were nasopharyngitis (common cold), COPD and cough.

"Boehringer Ingelheim has been committed to discovering and developing medicines for serious respiratory diseases for nearly a century. Part of this commitment is to help healthcare providers and people living with COPD better understand our medicines," said Danny McBryan, MD, vice president, Clinical Development & Medical Affairs, Respiratory, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "The ENERGITO study further demonstrates the potential benefits of STIOLTO RESPIMAT for COPD patients."

The ENERGITO® trial is part of the >15,000 patient TOviTO® Phase III clinical trial program investigating the efficacy and safety of STIOLTO RESPIMAT in COPD. The results build on the pivotal Phase III TONADO® trials that demonstrated STIOLTO RESPIMAT provides significant improvements in lung function (as measured by FEV1 AUC0-3hr and trough FEV1 response) compared to tiotropium RESPIMAT and olodaterol RESPIMAT across a broad range of disease severities including those with early stage disease (GOLD 2-4).

About the RESPIMAT Inhaler
The RESPIMAT is the platform inhaler for the Boehringer Ingelheim respiratory therapies. Only the RESPIMAT inhaler actively delivers a slow-moving mist that helps patients inhale the medication. 

The RESPIMAT inhaler delivers medication independent of inspiratory effort. As with all inhaled drugs, the actual amount of drug delivered to the lung may depend on patient factors, such as coordination between actuation of the inhaler and inspiration through the delivery system. The duration of inhalation should be at least as long as the spray duration (1.5 seconds).

STIOLTO RESPIMAT (tiotropium bromide and olodaterol) Inhalation Spray is a combination of tiotropium, an anticholinergic, and olodaterol, a long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA), indicated for the long-term, once-daily maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.

Important Limitations of Use
STIOLTO is NOT indicated to treat acute deterioration of COPD and is not indicated to treat asthma. 


Long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonists (LABA) such as olodaterol, one of the active ingredients in STIOLTO RESPIMAT, increase the risk of asthma-related death. Data from a large, placebo-controlled US study that compared the safety of another long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (salmeterol) with placebo added to usual asthma therapy showed an increase in asthma-related deaths in patients receiving salmeterol. This finding with salmeterol is considered a class effect of all LABA, including olodaterol, one of the active ingredients in STIOLTO RESPIMAT. The safety and efficacy of STIOLTO RESPIMAT in patients with asthma have not been established. STIOLTO RESPIMAT is not indicated for the treatment of asthma.

All LABA are contraindicated in patients with asthma without use of a long-term asthma control medication. STIOLTO is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to tiotropium, ipratropium (atropine derivatives), olodaterol, or any component of this product. 

In clinical trials and postmarketing experience with tiotropium, immediate hypersensitivity reactions, including angioedema (including swelling of the lips, tongue, or throat), itching, or rash have been reported. Hypersensitivity reactions were also reported in clinical trials with STIOLTO.

STIOLTO should not be initiated in patients with acutely deteriorating COPD, which may be a life-threatening condition, or used as rescue therapy for acute symptoms. Acute symptoms should be treated with an inhaled short-acting beta2-agonist. Patients who have been taking inhaled, short-acting beta2-agonists on a regular basis should discontinue the regular use of these drugs and use them only for acute respiratory symptoms.

STIOLTO should not be used more often or at higher doses than recommended, or in conjunction with other LABA as an overdose may result.

Immediate hypersensitivity reactions, including urticaria, angioedema, rash, bronchospasm, anaphylaxis, or itching may occur after administration of STIOLTO. If such a reaction occurs, discontinue therapy with STIOLTO and consider alternative treatments. Patients with a history of hypersensitivity reactions to atropine or its derivatives should be closely monitored for similar hypersensitivity reactions to STIOLTO.

If paradoxical bronchospasm occurs, STIOLTO should be discontinued immediately.

STIOLTO can produce a clinically significant cardiovascular effect in some patients, as measured by increases in pulse rate, systolic or diastolic blood pressure, and/or symptoms. If such effects occur, STIOLTO may need to be discontinued.   

Use caution in patients with convulsive disorders, thyrotoxicosis, diabetes mellitus, ketoacidosis, in patients with known or suspected prolongation of the QT interval, and in patients who are unusually responsive to sympathomimetic amines.

Use with caution in patients with narrow-angle glaucoma. Instruct patients to contact a physician immediately if signs or symptoms of acute narrow-angle glaucoma develop (e.g., eye pain or discomfort, blurred vision, visual halos or colored images in association with red eyes from conjunctival congestion and corneal edema).

Use with caution in patients with urinary retention, which can be associated with symptoms like difficulty passing urine and painful urination in patients with prostatic hyperplasia or bladder-neck obstruction. Instruct patients to consult a physician immediately should any of these signs or symptoms develop.

Patients with moderate to severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance of ≤60 mL/min) treated with STIOLTO should be monitored closely for anticholinergic side effects.

Be alert to hypokalemia, which has the potential to produce adverse cardiovascular effects. Be alert to hyperglycemia.

The most common adverse reactions with STIOLTO (>3% incidence and higher than any of the comparators – tiotropium and/or olodaterol) were: nasopharyngitis, 12.4% (11.7%/12.6%), cough, 3.9% (4.4%/3.0%), and back pain, 3.6% (1.8%/3.4%).


  • Use caution if administering adrenergic drugs because sympathetic effects of olodaterol may be potentiated.
  • Concomitant treatment with xanthine derivatives, steroids, or diuretics may potentiate any hypokalemic effect of olodaterol.
  • Beta agonists, such as olodaterol, can acutely worsen the ECG changes and/or hypokalemia that may result from administration of non-potassium sparing diuretics. The action of adrenergic agents on the cardiovascular system may be potentiated by monoamine oxidase inhibitors or tricyclic antidepressants or other drugs known to prolong the QTc interval.  Therefore beta-agonists should be used with extreme caution in patients being treated with these drugs. Drugs that prolong the QTc interval may be associated with an increased risk of ventricular arrhythmias.
  • Beta-blockers should be used with caution as they can inhibit the therapeutic effect of beta agonists which may produce severe bronchospasms in patients with COPD. However, under certain circumstances, e.g. as prophylaxis after myocardial infarction, there may be no acceptable alternatives to the use of beta-blockers in patients with COPD. In this setting, cardio selective beta-blockers could be considered, although they should be administered with caution.
  • Avoid co-administration of STIOLTO with other anticholinergic-containing drugs as this may lead to an increase in anticholinergic adverse effects.

STIOLTO is for oral inhalation only. The STIOLTO cartridge is only intended for use with the STIOLTO RESPIMAT inhaler.

Inform patients not to spray STIOLTO into the eyes.

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About COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a term including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema. This disease can make breathing harder because less air is able to flow in and out of the lungs. Chronic lower respiratory diseases, which include COPD, are the third leading cause of death in the United States, and approximately 15 million Americans have been told by a healthcare provider that they have COPD.

The most common symptom of COPD is shortness of breath, especially with physical activities. Coughing, with or without mucus production, is also a common symptom of COPD. These symptoms can be misunderstood as signs of aging. COPD is usually associated with progressive airway damage and loss that cause breathing to get more difficult.

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