JERUSALEM--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ProAir RespiClick® (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm in children 4 to 11 years of age with reversible obstructive airway disease and for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB).
ProAir RespiClick® was approved by the FDA for use in patients 12 years of age and older in March 2015 and remains the only breath-activated, multi-dose, dry powder, short-acting beta-agonist (SABA) inhaler available in the U.S.
“The prevalence of childhood asthma in the U.S. is high, at more than six million patients, and that number continues to rise,” said Dr. Erwin Gelfand, Chairman, Department of Pediatrics at National Jewish Health. “For this young population of asthma patients, learning to use inhalers properly can be quite challenging. Thus, the pediatric indication for ProAir RespiClick® is important as it represents a new rescue inhaler option for younger patients that eliminates the need for hand-breath coordination during inhalation and was designed to be used without a spacer.”
The pediatric approval of ProAir RespiClick® comes after the FDA’s review of data from Teva’s Phase III clinical trial program that evaluated the safety and efficacy of the treatment in patients as young as four years of age, living with asthma. The data demonstrated that treatment with ProAir RespiClick® resulted in significantly greater improvement in forced expiratory volume (FEV1) compared to placebo. The most common adverse events associated with treatment with ProAir RespiClick® included upper respiratory infections, mouth and throat pain and vomiting.
“We are very pleased with the FDA’s decision to expand the indication of ProAir RespiClick® for the treatment of patients as young as four years of age,” said Tushar Shah, MD, Senior Vice President, Teva Global Respiratory Research and Development. “The availability of this treatment option for younger patients is a demonstration of Teva’s commitment to optimizing respiratory therapies through the development of new delivery systems that help address needs in the marketplace.”
ProAir RespiClick® (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder is indicated in patients 4 years of age and older for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm with reversible obstructive airway disease and for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm.
Important Safety Information
- Do not use ProAir RespiClick® (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder if you are allergic to albuterol sulfate, lactose, or milk proteins. Call your doctor right away if you develop red, itchy bumps on your skin, swelling beneath your skin or in your throat, rash or worsening trouble breathing
- If your symptoms become significantly worse when you use ProAir RespiClick®, seek medical attention immediately. This may indicate either a worsening of your asthma or a reaction to the medication. Either of these could be life-threatening
- Do not increase your dose or take extra doses of ProAir RespiClick® without first talking to your healthcare professional
- Before using ProAir RespiClick®, be sure to tell your healthcare professional if you have a heart, blood, thyroid or seizure disorder, high blood pressure, diabetes, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed
- ProAir RespiClick® can cause significant heart-related side effects, such as an increase in pulse, blood pressure and/or related symptoms. If you have a heart condition, your healthcare professional will determine if ProAir RespiClick® is right for you
- Make sure your healthcare professional knows all the medicines you are taking – especially other inhaled medicines, other asthma medicines, heart and blood pressure medicines and drugs that treat depression – because some medicines may interfere with how well your asthma medicines work
- Common side effects in patients 12 years of age and older taking ProAir RespiClick® include back pain, body aches and pains, upset stomach, sinus headache, and urinary tract infection
- Common side effects in patients 4 to 11 years of age taking ProAir RespiClick® include upper respiratory infections, mouth and throat pain, and vomiting
- Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away
- These are not all of the possible side effects of ProAir RespiClick®. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist
- You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088
About Teva Respiratory
Teva Respiratory develops and delivers high-quality treatment options for respiratory conditions, including asthma, COPD and allergic rhinitis. The Teva Respiratory portfolio is centered on optimizing respiratory treatment for patients and healthcare providers through the development of novel delivery systems and therapies that help address unmet needs. The company’s respiratory pipeline and clinical trial program are based on drug molecules delivered in proprietary dry powder formulations and breath-actuated device technologies, as well as a targeted biologic treatment for severe asthma. Through research and clinical development, Teva Respiratory continually works to expand, strengthen and build upon its treatment portfolio to positively impact the lives of the millions of patients living with respiratory disease.
Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NYSE and TASE: TEVA) is a leading global pharmaceutical company that delivers high-quality, patient-centric healthcare solutions used by millions of patients every day. Headquartered in Israel, Teva is the world’s largest generic medicines producer, leveraging its portfolio of more than 1,000 molecules to produce a wide range of generic products in nearly every therapeutic area. In specialty medicines, Teva has a world-leading position in innovative treatments for disorders of the central nervous system, including pain, as well as a strong portfolio of respiratory products. Teva integrates its generics and specialty capabilities in its global research and development division to create new ways of addressing unmet patient needs by combining drug development capabilities with devices, services and technologies. Teva's net revenues in 2015 amounted to $19.7 billion. For more information, visit www.tevapharm.com.
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