MP-AzeFlu provides rapid and effective allergic rhinitis control: results of a non-interventional study in Denmark.Int Forum Allergy Rhinol. 2019 04; 9(4):388-395.IF
Allergic rhinitis (AR) control is a priority in the European Union (EU), and Allergic Rhinitis and its Impact on Asthma (ARIA) has endorsed a visual analogue scale (VAS) as the new language of AR control. This study evaluated the effectiveness of MP-AzeFlu (Dymista®, antihistamine [azelastine], and intranasal corticosteroid [fluticasone propionate]) using a VAS in real-life clinical practice in Denmark.
The multicenter, prospective, non-interventional study included 170 patients (≥12 years) with ARIA-defined moderate-to-severe AR prescribed MP-AzeFlu. Patients assessed symptom severity using a VAS (0 to 100 mm) on days 0, 1, 3, and 7 and after ∼14 days of MP-AzeFlu use. On day 3, patients assessed their disease as well controlled, partly controlled, or uncontrolled. Proportions of patients achieving VAS score cutoffs (well-controlled, partly controlled) were also calculated.
MP-AzeFlu reduced mean ± standard deviation VAS score from 67.1 ± 19.3 mm at baseline to 28.4 ± 23.7 mm on the last day, a reduction of 38.8 ± 27.3 mm. At day 3, 85.6% of patients considered their symptoms to be partly or well controlled. Effectiveness was consistent across disease severity, phenotype (seasonal, perennial, or combined AR), and patient age. Respectively, 28.2%, 44.2%, 61.6%, and 71.4% of patients achieved ≤38 mm well-controlled VAS score cutoff on days 1, 3, and 7, and the last day.
MP-AzeFlu provided effective, rapid, and sustained symptom control in a real-life setting among patients from Denmark. These results align with EU and ARIA objectives and support the effectiveness of MP-AzeFlu for the treatment of AR in real life.