DIAGNOSIS

Clinical characteristics that can help identify severe eosinophilic asthma

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≥2 exacerbations annually despite maximum doses of ICS/LABA with or without systemic steroids2-5

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Responsiveness to OCS2,3

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Elevated blood eosinophils (≥150 cells/µL)†6,7

Consider that blood eosinophils can be affected by recent
corticosteroid use and can naturally vary throughout the day.8,9

In the subgroup analyses from SIROCCO (Trial 1) and CALIMA (Trial 2), reductions in exacerbation rates were observed irrespective of baseline peripheral eosinophil counts. Patients with a baseline eosinophil count ≥300 cells/μL showed a numerically greater response than those with counts <300 cells/μL. The analysis of exacerbation rates across all eosinophil levels is not multiplicity protected. The primary endpoint for SIROCCO and CALIMA was the rate of asthma exacerbations in patients with baseline blood eosinophil counts ≥300 cells/μL who were taking high-dose ICS and LABA.10

Although not defined by clinical guidelines, one characterization of eosinophilic asthma can be a blood eosinophil count of ≥150 cells/μL.6,7

PHYSICIAN’S PERSPECTIVE

A patient’s journey, a physician’s perspective

Watch how other healthcare providers are helping to fight severe eosinophilic asthma with FASENRA

Allergist: Dr Webber

Christopher Webber, MD

Christopher Webber, MD

Dr Christopher Webber is an allergist-immunologist in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He received his medical degree from Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 15 years.

Janet’s journey with FASENRA

Janet’s journey with FASENRA

  • Low eosinophil count

  • Low lung function

  • History of allergies

I can’t wait to see what’s next for Janet.”
Dr Webber, Allergist

Rob’s journey with FASENRA

Rob’s journey with FASENRA

  • High eosinophil count

  • OCS dependent

  • Chronic rhinosinusitis

When the doctors told him there was nothing else they could do for his asthma, he refused to give up.”
Dr Webber, Allergist

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Known hypersensitivity to benralizumab or excipients.

WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS

Hypersensitivity Reactions

Hypersensitivity reactions (eg, anaphylaxis, angioedema, urticaria, rash) have occurred after administration of FASENRA. These reactions generally occur within hours of administration, but in some instances have a delayed onset (ie, days). Discontinue in the event of a hypersensitivity reaction.

Acute Asthma Symptoms or Deteriorating Disease

FASENRA should not be used to treat acute asthma symptoms, acute exacerbations, or acute bronchospasm.

Reduction of Corticosteroid Dosage

Do not discontinue systemic or inhaled corticosteroids abruptly upon initiation of therapy with FASENRA. Reductions in corticosteroid dose, if appropriate, should be gradual and performed under the direct supervision of a physician. Reduction in corticosteroid dose may be associated with systemic withdrawal symptoms and/or unmask conditions previously suppressed by systemic corticosteroid therapy.

Parasitic (Helminth) Infection

It is unknown if FASENRA will influence a patient’s response against helminth infections. Treat patients with pre-existing helminth infections before initiating therapy with FASENRA. If patients become infected while receiving FASENRA and do not respond to anti-helminth treatment, discontinue FASENRA until infection resolves.

ADVERSE REACTIONS

The most common adverse reactions (incidence ≥ 5%) include headache and pharyngitis.

Injection site reactions (eg, pain, erythema, pruritus, papule) occurred at a rate of 2.2% in patients treated with FASENRA compared with 1.9% in patients treated with placebo.

USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

A pregnancy exposure registry monitors pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to FASENRA during pregnancy. To enroll call 1-877-311-8972 or visit www.mothertobaby.org/fasenra.

The data on pregnancy exposure from the clinical trials are insufficient to inform on drug-associated risk. Monoclonal antibodies such as benralizumab are transported across the placenta during the third trimester of pregnancy; therefore, potential effects on a fetus are likely to be greater during the third trimester of pregnancy.

INDICATION

FASENRA is indicated for the add-on maintenance treatment of patients with severe asthma aged 12 years and older, and with an eosinophilic phenotype.

  • FASENRA is not indicated for treatment of other eosinophilic conditions
  • FASENRA is not indicated for the relief of acute bronchospasm or status asthmaticus

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References: 1. FASENRA [package insert]. Wilmington, DE: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP; October 2019. 2. Bleecker ER, FitzGerald JM, Chanez P, et al. Efficacy and safety of benralizumab for patients with severe asthma uncontrolled with high-dosage inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting ß2-agonists (SIROCCO): a randomised, multicentre, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2016;388:2115-2127. 3. FitzGerald JM, Bleecker ER, Nair P, et al. Benralizumab, an anti-interleukin-5 receptor α monoclonal antibody, as add-on treatment for patients with severe, uncontrolled, eosinophilic asthma (CALIMA): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2016;388:2128-2141. 4. FitzGerald JM, Bleecker ER, Bourdin A, et al. Two-year integrated efficacy and safety analysis of benralizumab SIROCCO, CALIMA, ZONDA, and BORA trials in severe asthma. Presented at: the American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference; May 17-22, 2019; Dallas, TX. 5. Busse WW, Bleecker ER, FitzGerald JM, et al. Long-term safety and efficacy of benralizumab in patients with severe, uncontrolled asthma: 1-year results from the BORA phase 3 extension trial. Lancet Respir Med. 2019;7:46-59. 6. Data on File, REF-51332, AZPLP. 7. Pham TH, Damera G, Newbold P, Ranade K. Reductions in eosinophil biomarkers by benralizumab in patients with asthma. Respir Med. 2016;111:21-29. 8. Data on File, REF-28001, AZPLP.

References: 1. FASENRA [package insert]. Wilmington, DE: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP; October 2019. 2. Pham TH, Damera G, Newbold P, Ranade K. Reductions in eosinophil biomarkers by benralizumab in patients with asthma. Respir Med. 2016;111:21-29. 3. Data on File, REF-28001, AZPLP. 4. Busse WW, Bleecker ER, FitzGerald JM, et al. Long-term safety and efficacy of benralizumab in patients with severe, uncontrolled asthma: 1-year results from the BORA phase 3 extension trial. Lancet Respir Med. 2019;7:46-59. 5. Busse WW, Bleecker ER, FitzGerald JM, et al. Supplementary Appendix to: Long-term safety and efficacy of benralizumab in patients with severe, uncontrolled asthma: 1-year results from the BORA phase 3 extension trial. Lancet Respir Med. 2019;7:46-59. 6. Nair P, Wenzel S, Rabe KF, et al. Supplementary Appendix to: Oral glucocorticoid–sparing effect of benralizumab in severe asthma. N Engl J Med. 2017;376:2448-2458.

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References: 1. Data on File, REF-60828, AZPLP. 2. FASENRA [package insert]. Wilmington, DE: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP; October 2019. 3. Bleecker ER, FitzGerald JM, Chanez P, et al. Efficacy and safety of benralizumab for patients with severe asthma uncontrolled with high-dosage inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting ß2-agonists (SIROCCO): a randomised, multicentre, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2016;388:2115-2127. 4. FitzGerald JM, Bleecker ER, Nair P, et al. Benralizumab, an anti-interleukin-5 receptor α monoclonal antibody, as add-on treatment for patients with severe, uncontrolled, eosinophilic asthma (CALIMA): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2016;388:2128-2141. 5. FitzGerald JM, Bleecker ER, Bourdin A, et al. Two-year integrated efficacy and safety analysis of benralizumab SIROCCO, CALIMA, ZONDA, and BORA trials in severe asthma. Presented at: the American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference; May 17-22, 2019; Dallas, TX. 6. Busse WW, Bleecker ER, FitzGerald JM, et al. Long-term safety and efficacy of benralizumab in patients with severe, uncontrolled asthma: 1-year results from the BORA phase 3 extension trial. Lancet Respir Med. 2019;7:46-59. 7. Data on File, REF-19697, AZPLP. 8. Data on File, REF-59636, AZPLP. 9. O’Quinn S, Xu X, Hirsch I. Rescue medication use reduction with benralizumab for patients with severe, uncontrolled eosinophilic asthma. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2018;121:S18-S21. 10. Bleecker ER, Wechsler M, FitzGerald JM, et al. Baseline patient factors impact on the clinical efficacy of benralizumab for severe asthma. Eur Respir J. 2018;52:1800936. 11. Bleecker ER, FitzGerald JM, Chanez P, et al. Appendix to: Efficacy and safety of benralizumab for patients with severe asthma uncontrolled with high-dosage inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting ß2-agonists (SIROCCO): a randomised, multicentre, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2016;388:2115-2127. 12. FitzGerald JM, Bleecker ER, Nair P, et al. Appendix to: Benralizumab, an anti-interleukin-5 receptor α monoclonal antibody, as add-on treatment for patients with severe, uncontrolled, eosinophilic asthma (CALIMA): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2016;388:2128-2141. 13. Data on File, REF-19698, AZPLP. 14. Nair P, Wenzel S, Rabe KF, et al. Oral glucocorticoid–sparing effect of benralizumab in severe asthma. N Engl J Med. 2017;376:2448-2458. 15. Nair P, Wenzel S, Rabe KF, et al. Supplementary Appendix to: Oral glucocorticoid–sparing effect of benralizumab in severe asthma. N Engl J Med. 2017;376:2448-2458.

References: 1. Data on File, REF-60828, AZPLP. 2. FASENRA [package insert]. Wilmington, DE: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP; October 2019. 3. Bleecker ER, FitzGerald JM, Chanez P, et al. Efficacy and safety of benralizumab for patients with severe asthma uncontrolled with high-dosage inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting ß2-agonists (SIROCCO): a randomised, multicentre, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2016;388:2115-2127. 4. FitzGerald JM, Bleecker ER, Nair P, et al. Benralizumab, an anti-interleukin-5 receptor α monoclonal antibody, as add-on treatment for patients with severe, uncontrolled, eosinophilic asthma (CALIMA): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2016;388:2128-2141. 5. FitzGerald JM, Bleecker ER, Bourdin A, et al. Two-year integrated efficacy and safety analysis of benralizumab SIROCCO, CALIMA, ZONDA, and BORA trials in severe asthma. Presented at: the American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference; May 17-22, 2019; Dallas, TX. 6. Busse WW, Bleecker ER, FitzGerald JM, et al. Long-term safety and efficacy of benralizumab in patients with severe, uncontrolled asthma: 1-year results from the BORA phase 3 extension trial. Lancet Respir Med. 2019;7:46-59. 7. Data on File, REF-19697, AZPLP. 8. Data on File, REF-59636, AZPLP. 9. O’Quinn S, Xu X, Hirsch I. Rescue medication use reduction with benralizumab for patients with severe, uncontrolled eosinophilic asthma. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2018;121:S18-S21. 10. Bleecker ER, Wechsler M, FitzGerald JM, et al. Baseline patient factors impact on the clinical efficacy of benralizumab for severe asthma. Eur Respir J. 2018;52:1800936. 11. Bleecker ER, FitzGerald JM, Chanez P, et al. Appendix to: Efficacy and safety of benralizumab for patients with severe asthma uncontrolled with high-dosage inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting ß2-agonists (SIROCCO): a randomised, multicentre, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2016;388:2115-2127. 12. FitzGerald JM, Bleecker ER, Nair P, et al. Appendix to: Benralizumab, an anti-interleukin-5 receptor α monoclonal antibody, as add-on treatment for patients with severe, uncontrolled, eosinophilic asthma (CALIMA): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2016;388:2128-2141. 13. Data on File, REF-19698, AZPLP. 14. Nair P, Wenzel S, Rabe KF, et al. Oral glucocorticoid–sparing effect of benralizumab in severe asthma. N Engl J Med. 2017;376:2448-2458. 15. Nair P, Wenzel S, Rabe KF, et al. Supplementary Appendix to: Oral glucocorticoid–sparing effect of benralizumab in severe asthma. N Engl J Med. 2017;376:2448-2458.

References: 1. Data on File, REF-60828, AZPLP. 2. FASENRA [package insert]. Wilmington, DE: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP; October 2019. 3. Bleecker ER, FitzGerald JM, Chanez P, et al. Efficacy and safety of benralizumab for patients with severe asthma uncontrolled with high-dosage inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting ß2-agonists (SIROCCO): a randomised, multicentre, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2016;388:2115-2127. 4. FitzGerald JM, Bleecker ER, Nair P, et al. Benralizumab, an anti-interleukin-5 receptor α monoclonal antibody, as add-on treatment for patients with severe, uncontrolled, eosinophilic asthma (CALIMA): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2016;388:2128-2141. 5. FitzGerald JM, Bleecker ER, Bourdin A, et al. Two-year integrated efficacy and safety analysis of benralizumab SIROCCO, CALIMA, ZONDA, and BORA trials in severe asthma. Presented at: the American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference; May 17-22, 2019; Dallas, TX. 6. Busse WW, Bleecker ER, FitzGerald JM, et al. Long-term safety and efficacy of benralizumab in patients with severe, uncontrolled asthma: 1-year results from the BORA phase 3 extension trial. Lancet Respir Med. 2019;7:46-59. 7. Data on File, REF-19697, AZPLP. 8. Data on File, REF-59636, AZPLP. 9. O’Quinn S, Xu X, Hirsch I. Rescue medication use reduction with benralizumab for patients with severe, uncontrolled eosinophilic asthma. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2018;121:S18-S21. 10. Bleecker ER, Wechsler M, FitzGerald JM, et al. Baseline patient factors impact on the clinical efficacy of benralizumab for severe asthma. Eur Respir J. 2018;52:1800936. 11. Bleecker ER, FitzGerald JM, Chanez P, et al. Appendix to: Efficacy and safety of benralizumab for patients with severe asthma uncontrolled with high-dosage inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting ß2-agonists (SIROCCO): a randomised, multicentre, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2016;388:2115-2127. 12. FitzGerald JM, Bleecker ER, Nair P, et al. Appendix to: Benralizumab, an anti-interleukin-5 receptor α monoclonal antibody, as add-on treatment for patients with severe, uncontrolled, eosinophilic asthma (CALIMA): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2016;388:2128-2141. 13. Data on File, REF-19698, AZPLP. 14. Nair P, Wenzel S, Rabe KF, et al. Oral glucocorticoid–sparing effect of benralizumab in severe asthma. N Engl J Med. 2017;376:2448-2458. 15. Nair P, Wenzel S, Rabe KF, et al. Supplementary Appendix to: Oral glucocorticoid–sparing effect of benralizumab in severe asthma. N Engl J Med. 2017;376:2448-2458.

References: 1. FASENRA [package insert]. Wilmington, DE: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP; November 2017. 2. Bleecker ER, FitzGerald JM, Chanez P, et al. Efficacy and safety of benralizumab for patients with severe asthma uncontrolled with high-dosage inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting ß2-agonists (SIROCCO): a randomised, multicentre, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2016;388:2115-2127. 3. FitzGerald JM, Bleecker ER, Nair P, et al. Benralizumab, an anti-interleukin-5 receptor α monoclonal antibody, as add-on treatment for patients with severe, uncontrolled, eosinophilic asthma (CALIMA): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2016;388:2128-2141. 4. FitzGerald JM, Bleecker ER, Menzies-Gow A, et al. Predictors of enhanced response with benralizumab for patients with severe asthma: pooled analysis of the SIROCCO and CALIMA studies. Lancet Respir Med. 2018;6(1):56-64. 5. Bleecker ER, Wechsler M, FitzGerald JM, et al. Baseline patient factors impact on the clinical efficacy of benralizumab for severe asthma. Eur Respir J. 2018;52:1800936. 6. Bleecker ER, FitzGerald JM, Chanez P, et al. Appendix to: Efficacy and safety of benralizumab for patients with severe asthma uncontrolled with high-dosage inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting ß2-agonists (SIROCCO): a randomised, multicentre, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2016;388:2115-2127. 7. FitzGerald JM, Bleecker ER, Nair P, et al. Appendix to: Benralizumab, an anti-interleukin-5 receptor α monoclonal antibody, as add-on treatment for patients with severe, uncontrolled, eosinophilic asthma (CALIMA): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial. Lancet. 2016;388:2128-2141. 8. Nair P, Wenzel S, Rabe KF, et al. Oral glucocorticoid–sparing effect of benralizumab in severe asthma. N Engl J Med. 2017;376:2448-2458. 9. Nair P, Wenzel S, Rabe KF, et al. Supplementary Appendix to: Oral glucocorticoid–sparing effect of benralizumab in severe asthma. N Engl J Med. 2017;376:2448-2458. 10. FitzGerald JM, Bleecker ER, Bourdin A, et al. Two-year integrated efficacy and safety analysis of benralizumab SIROCCO, CALIMA, ZONDA, and BORA trials in severe asthma. Presented at: the American Thoracic Society (ATS) International Conference; May 17-22, 2019; Dallas, TX. 11. Busse WW, Bleecker ER, FitzGerald JM, et al. Long-term safety and efficacy of benralizumab in patients with severe, uncontrolled asthma: 1-year results from the BORA phase 3 extension trial. Lancet Respir Med. 2019;7:46-59. 12. Data on File, REF-19697, AZPLP. 13. O’Quinn S, Xu X, Hirsch I. Rescue medication use reduction with benralizumab for patients with severe, uncontrolled eosinophilic asthma. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2018;121:S18-S21. 14. Data on File, REF-52421, AZPLP.

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References: 1. FASENRA [package insert]. Wilmington, DE: AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals LP; October 2019. 2. Busse WW, Bleecker ER, FitzGerald JM, et al. Long-term safety and efficacy of benralizumab in patients with severe, uncontrolled asthma: 1-year results from the BORA phase 3 extension trial. Lancet Respir Med. 2019;7:46-59.