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The use of monoclonal antibody benralizumab in patients with severe asthma was associated with large reductions in asthma exacerbations, emergency department (ED) visits, and hospitalizations over 1 year, according to research being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting, held in New Orleans from November 4 to 8, 2021.

The research findings were from the observational CHRONICLE study ( Identifier: NCT03373045), which included a real-world cohort of patients with severe asthma in the United States who were managed by allergists/immunologists or pulmonologists. Patients were receiving biologics or maintenance systemic corticosteroids. The study also included patients with uncontrolled disease despite the use of high-dose inhaled corticosteroids with additional controllers.

Researchers calculated annualized rates of asthma exacerbations and asthma-related ED visits and hospitalizations in 93 patients who had 12 months of data before and 12 months of data after benralizumab initiation as well as a record of at least1 exacerbation prior to the index period. The investigators conducted analyses for 141 patients with 6 to 12 months of data prior to and after the index period and by blood eosinophil count.

Approximately 60% of patients at 12 months post-index had no exacerbations. The 12-month pre- and post-index annualized asthma exacerbation rates (2.10 and 0.98, respectively) corresponded to a 53% rate reduction in exacerbations (P <.001). At 12 months post-index, the asthma-related ED visit rate reduction was 49%, while the hospitalization rate reduction was 46%.

In the patients with 6 to 12 months of data before and after the index period, there was a 61% rate reduction in asthma exacerbations (P <.001). Additionally, the asthma ED visit rate decreased by 56% (P =.001), and the asthma hospitalization rate decreased by 48% (P =.02) in these patients. In patients with blood eosinophil counts of at least 300 cells/mL and blood eosinophil counts of less than 300 cells/uL, exacerbation rate reductions at 12 months were 65% and 52%, respectively.

Researchers concluded that benralizumab may substantially reduce asthma exacerbations in real-world patients.


Panettieri R, Lugogo N, Moore W, et al. Benralizumab real-world effectiveness on exacerbations among us specialist-treated patients with severe asthma: data from CHRONICLE. Presented at: American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting; November 4-8, 2021; New Orleans, LA. Abstract P062.

This article originally appeared on Pulmonology Advisor