ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ approved for COPD treatment in Canada

Approved as a new once-daily dual bronchodilator for the treatment of COPD in Canada

MISSISSAUGA, ON, Jan. 9, 2014 /CNW/ - GlaxoSmithKline Inc. and Theravance Inc. today announced that ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ was  approved in Canada on December 23, 2013, for the long-term once-daily maintenance bronchodilator treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ (umeclidinium/vilanterol) dry powder for inhalation is a combination of a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) and a long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA).

ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ combines two bronchodilators in a single inhaler for the maintenance treatment of COPD. It contains umeclidinium bromide (UMEC), a LAMA and vilanterol trifenatate (VI), a LABA. The approved dosage of ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ in Canada is 62.5/25mcg.

Paul Lirette, President, GSK Canada said: "The market authorization of Anoro Ellipta in Canada provides an important treatment option for appropriate patients with COPD.  It is a new once-daily combination product that enables patients to receive two bronchodilators in a single daily inhalation."

"We are delighted that ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ has achieved market authorization in Canada for the treatment of COPD," said Rick E Winningham, Chief Executive Officer of Theravance. "This is an important step forward for Theravance and GSK, and reinforces our long-standing commitment to work together for patients with respiratory disease."

The phase III pivotal programme for ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ included seven clinical studies with almost 6,000 patients with COPD.

About COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a term referring to two lung diseases, chronic bronchitis and emphysema, that are characterised by obstruction to airflow that interferes with normal breathing.

Long-term exposure to lung irritants that damage the lungs and the airways are usually the cause of COPD. Cigarette smoke, breathing in second hand smoke, air pollution, chemical fumes or dust from the environment or workplace can all contribute to COPD. Most people who have COPD are at least 40 years old when symptoms begin.

About ANORO™ ELLIPTA™
ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ (UMEC/VI) is a new once-daily LAMA/LABA dual bronchodilator approved in Canada for the long-term once-daily maintenance bronchodilator treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ is not indicated for the relief of acute deterioration of COPD, for the treatment of acute episodes of bronchospasm or for the treatment of asthma. ANORO™ contains 62.5 micrograms UMEC and 25 micrograms VI, in a single inhaler, the ELLIPTA™.

Important Safety Information
The following is important safety information for ANORO™ ELLIPTA™.

Indications and Clinical Use:
ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ (umeclidinium/vilanterol) is a combination of a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) and a long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) indicated for the long-term once-daily maintenance bronchodilator treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ is not indicated for the relief of acute deterioration of COPD or for the treatment of asthma.

Contraindications:

  • For the relief of acute deterioration of COPD.
  • For the treatment of asthma.
  • Patients with severe hypersensitivity to milk proteins.
  • For the treatment of acute episodes of bronchospasm, i.e., as rescue therapy.

Most Serious Warnings and Precautions

Asthma-related death: Long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonists (LABA) may increase the risk of asthma-related death. Data from a large placebo-controlled US study that compared the safety of salmeterol (SEREVENT® Inhalation Aerosol) or placebo added to patients' usual asthma therapy showed an increase in asthma-related deaths in patients receiving salmeterol. This finding with salmeterol is considered a class effect of LABA, including vilanterol, one of the active ingredients in ANORO™ ELLIPTA™. The safety and efficacy of ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ in patients with asthma have not been established.

Other Warnings and Precautions:

  • ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ is not indicated for the treatment of acute episodes of bronchospasm (i.e., as rescue therapy).
  • ANORO™ ELLIPTA ™ should not be initiated in patients during rapidly deteriorating or potentially life-threatening episodes of COPD.  Patients should be instructed to discontinue regular use of short-acting bronchodilators and to use them only for acute respiratory symptoms.
  • Exacerbations may occur during treatment.
  • ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ should not be used in conjunction with other medicines containing a LABA or a long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA).
  • There have been no studies investigating the effect of ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ on the ability to perform tasks that require judgement, motor or cognitive skills.
  • Anticholinergic Effects: Use with caution in patients with narrow-angle glaucoma or urinary retention.
  • Cardiovascular effects: ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ should be used with caution in patients with cardiovascular disorders, especially coronary insufficiency, acute myocardial infarction, cardiac arrhythmias, and hypertension.  Cardiovascular effects such as cardiac arrhythmias, may be seen after the administration of ANORO™ ELLIPTA™. Treatment may need to be discontinued. ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ was associated with a dose-dependent increase in heart rate and QTcF prolongation in healthy subjects receiving steady-state treatment.
  • Endocrine and Metabolism: Use with caution in patients with convulsive disorders, thyrotoxicosis and patients who are unusually responsive to sympathomimetic amines. Use with caution in patients predisposed to low levels of serum potassium and diabetic patients.
  • Respiratory: Treatment should be discontinued if paradoxical bronchospasm occurs and alternative therapy instituted if necessary.
  • Hypersensitivity: As with all medications, immediate hypersensitivity reactions may occur after administration of ANORO™ ELLIPTA™.
  • The use of ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ is not indicated for use in patients under 18 years of age.
  • Use during pregnancy, labour and in breastfeeding women should only occur if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk.
  • Drug interactions: Caution should be exercised when considering coadministration with inhibitors of cytochrome P450 3A4; sympathomimetic agents; beta-blocking agents; non potassium sparing diuretics; drugs known to prolong the QTc interval; monoamine oxidase inhibitors and tricyclic antidepressants; xanthine derivatives; oral corticosteroids. Avoid coadministration with other anticholinergics.

Adverse Events:
Adverse reactions reported at a frequency of ≥1% and greater than placebo include: pharyngitis, sinusitis, lower respiratory tract infection, diarrhea, constipation, pain in extremity, muscle spasms, neck pain and chest pain.

Recommended Dose:

  • The recommended dose is one inhalation of ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ 62.5/25 mcg once daily.

Dosing Considerations:

  • No dosage adjustment is required in patients over 65 years of age, in patients with renal impairment, or in patients with mild or moderate hepatic impairment. ANORO™ ELLIPTA™ has not been studied in patients with severe hepatic impairment.

For More Information:
Please consult the product monograph at www.gsk.ca/ for complete safety information. The product monograph is also available by calling 1-800-387-7374.

ANORO™ and ELLIPTA™ are trademarks of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies.

GlaxoSmithKline - one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies - is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.  For further information please visit www.gsk.ca

Theravance - is a biopharmaceutical company with a pipeline of internally discovered product candidates and strategic collaborations with pharmaceutical companies. Theravance is focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of small molecule medicines across a number of therapeutic areas including respiratory disease, bacterial infections, and central nervous system (CNS)/pain. By leveraging its proprietary insight of multivalency to drug discovery, Theravance is pursuing a best-in-class strategy designed to discover superior medicines in areas of significant unmet medical need. For more information, please visit Theravance's web site at www.theravance.com.

THERAVANCE®, the Theravance logo, and MEDICINES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE® are registered trademarks of Theravance, Inc.

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Theravance forward-looking statements
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SOURCE GlaxoSmithKline Inc.

For further information:

Liana Del Medico
Communications Manager
GlaxoSmithKline Inc.
905-819-3363
liana.n.del-medico@gsk.com

Michael W. Aguiar
Investor Relations
Theravance Inc. Enquiries
650 808 4100
investor.relations@theravance.com