Omalizumab in patients with severe asthma: the XCLUSIVE study

Christian Schumann, Cornelia Kropf, Thomas Wibmer, Stefan Rüdiger, Kathrin Magdalena Stoiber, Antje Thielen, Wolfgang Rottbauer, Claus Kroegel
Clinical Respiratory Journal 2012, 6 (4): 215-27

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Although the efficacy and safety of omalizumab (OMA) in uncontrolled severe allergic asthma has been demonstrated in several randomised controlled trials (RCTs), information on the treatment in a practice-related setting is limited. Thus, the purpose of this prospective multi-centre study (XCLUSIVE) was to investigate the efficacy, compliance and utilisation of OMA therapy in real-life clinical practice in Germany.

METHODS: One hundred ninety-five asthmatic patients initiated on anti-Immunoglobulin E (IgE) IgE treatment were followed-up for 6 months. Forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV(1) ), exacerbation rate, days of absence, asthma symptoms [Asthma Control Questionnaire (ACQ)], a Global Evaluation of Treatment Effectiveness (GETE) and medication use were assessed.

RESULTS: Measured outcome variables improved after a 16-week treatment period with OMA (FEV(1) +13.7% predicted P < 0.05, exacerbation rate -74.9% P < 0.0001, days of absence -92.1% P < 0.001, ACQ -43.7% P < 0.0001). Investigators evaluated the effectiveness of OMA by GETE in 78.8% as excellent or good (responder), and in 12.6%/8.6% as moderate/poor or worse (non-responder). Responders demonstrated better improvement of FEV(1), exacerbation rate, days of absence, ACQ and reduction of oral corticosteroids compared with non-responders.

CONCLUSION: Results of effectiveness strongly suggest that the efficacy demonstrated in RCTs can be transposed to a clinical practice-related setting.

Full Text Links

Find Full Text Links for this Article


You are not logged in. Sign Up or Log In to join the discussion.

Related Papers

Available on the App Store

Available on the Play Store
Remove bar
Read by QxMD icon Read

Search Tips

Use Boolean operators: AND/OR

diabetic AND foot
diabetes OR diabetic

Exclude a word using the 'minus' sign

Virchow -triad

Use Parentheses

water AND (cup OR glass)

Add an asterisk (*) at end of a word to include word stems

Neuro* will search for Neurology, Neuroscientist, Neurological, and so on

Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

"primary prevention of cancer"
(heart or cardiac or cardio*) AND arrest -"American Heart Association"