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AimsThere is limited understanding of how clinical and demographic characteristics are associated with exacerbation risk in patients with moderate-to-severe asthma, and how these factors correlate with symptom control and treatment response. Here we assess the relationship between baseline characteristics and exacerbation risk during regular dosing with ICS monotherapy or ICS/LABA combination therapy in clinical trial patients with varying levels of symptom control, as assessed by the asthma control questionnaire (ACQ-5).MethodsA time-to-event model was developed using pooled patient data (N=16,232) from 9 clinical studies. A parametric hazard function was used to describe the time-to-first exacerbation. Covariate evaluation included seasonal variation, clinical and demographic baseline characteristics on baseline hazard. Predictive performance was evaluated by standard graphical and statistical methods.ResultsAn exponential hazard model best described the time-to-first exacerbation in moderate-to-severe asthma patients. Body mass index, smoking status, sex, ACQ-5, % predicted forced expiratory volume over 1 second (FEV1 p) and season were identified as statistically significant covariates affecting baseline hazard irrespective of ICS or ICS/LABA use. Fluticasone propionate/salmeterol (FP/SAL) combination therapy resulted in a significant reduction in the baseline hazard (30.8%) relative to FP monotherapy.ConclusionsInterindividual differences at baseline and seasonal variation affect the exacerbation risk independently from drug treatment. Moreover, it appears that even when comparable level of symptom control is achieved in a group of patients, each individual may have a different exacerbation risk, depending on their baseline characteristics and time of the year. These findings highlight the importance of personalised interventions in moderate-to-severe asthma patients.

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British journal of clinical pharmacology

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Clinical Pharmacology Modelling and Simulation, GSK, London, UK.