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BackgroundPrevious research has shown greater efficacy of dupilumab in patients with uncontrolled asthma and type 2 inflammation. We analyzed dupilumab's efficacy in patients from TRAVERSE study with or without evidence of allergic asthma and type 2 inflammation per current GINA guidelines (≥150 eosinophils/μL or FeNO ≥20 ppb).MethodsAll patients aged ≥12 years who rolled over from the placebo-controlled QUEST study (NCT02414854) to TRAVERSE (NCT02134028) received add-on dupilumab 300mg every two weeks for up to 96 weeks. We assessed annualized severe asthma exacerbation rates (AERs) and changes from parent study baseline (PSBL) in pre-bronchodilator FEV1 and 5-item asthma control questionnaire (ACQ-5) score in patients with moderate-to-severe type 2 asthma with and without evidence of allergic asthma at PSBL.ResultsIn TRAVERSE, dupilumab consistently reduced AER across all subgroups. By Week 96, dupilumab increased pre-bronchodilator FEV1 from PSBL by 0.35-0.41L in patients receiving placebo during QUEST (placebo/dupilumab) and 0.34-0.44L in those receiving dupilumab during QUEST (dupilumab/dupilumab) with an allergic phenotype at baseline. In patients without evidence of allergic asthma, pre-bronchodilator FEV1 improved by 0.38-0.41L and 0.33-0.37L, respectively. By Week 48, ACQ-5 scores decreased from PSBL by 1.63-1.69 (placebo/dupilumab) and 1.74-1.81 (dupilumab/dupilumab) points across subgroups with allergic asthma, and 1.75-1.83 (placebo/dupilumab) and 1.78-1.86 (dupilumab/dupilumab) in those without.ConclusionsLong-term treatment with dupilumab reduced exacerbation rates, and improved lung function and asthma control in patients with asthma with type 2 inflammation as per current GINA guidance and irrespective of evidence of allergic asthma.

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LungenClinic Grosshansdorf (member of the German Center for Lung Research [DZL]), Grosshansdorf, Germany.