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ORLANDO — In a pooled analysis of two large trials examining exhalation delivery system with fluticasone (EDS-FLU) in chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), EDS-FLU improved health domain and health utilities 2- to 3-fold after 16 weeks in patients with CRS compared with placebo, according to research presented at the 2018 American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology/World Allergy Organization Joint Congress, held March 2-5 in Orlando, Florida.

To examine how EDS-FLU would affect both individual domains of the 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey version 2 (SF-36v2) as well as utilities assessed via the Short-Form Six-Dimension (SF-6D), researchers assessed pooled randomized clinical trial data (NAVIGATE I and II; N5641) to examine the change in SF-36v2 and SF-6D from baseline to the end of double blind (16 weeks) and to the end of the studies (24 weeks; 8 weeks open-label treatment).

The SF-36v2 was scored using 2009 US population norms (50 = general population t-score), and the SF-6D was calculated from UK population non-parametric preference weights. The average baseline SF-36v2 score was below population norms in all treatment arms.

At the end of double blind, the average improvement in all SF-36v2 domain/summary scores was significantly greater with EDS-FLU (range: 2.9/physical functioning to 5.11/bodily pain) compared with EDS-placebo (range: 0.81/mental health to 2.87/bodily pain) (each comparison P <.01).

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SF-6D scores were also significantly improved compared with placebo (0.058 vs 0.023; P <.001). Of the average end-of-double-blind summary scores, 9 out of 10 were at or above population norms for EDS-FLU compared with 4 out of 10 for placebo.

At the end of the study, SF-36v2 and SF-6D scores improved in all treatment arms and all scored at or above SF-36v2 population norms.

In conclusion, this pooled analysis of 2 large, pivotal EDS-FLU trials showed improvements in health domain and health utilities that were 2- to 3-fold greater with EDS-FLU compared with placebo after 16 weeks. Improvements at the end of the studies were at or above population norms in all treatment arms.

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Velez FF, Mahlis EM, Messina JC, et al. EDS-FLU improves quality of life and health status: pooled analysis of phase 3 trials Navigate I and II. Presented at: AAAAI/WAO Joint Congress; March 2-5, 2018; Orlando, Florida. Abstract 519.

This article originally appeared on Pulmonology Advisor