Nebulizer fails PhII COPD study, but Verona plans to march on
Billed as the first new class of bronchodilator in more than four decades, Verona Pharma’s $VRNA experimental nebulizer did not confer statistically significant improvement on a measure of lung function in Phase II study involving patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who were already on inhaled long-acting bronchodilators.
Verona has touted the drug, known as ensifentrine or RPL554, as the first potential therapy for respiratory diseases that acts as both a bronchodilator and anti-inflammatory agent in a solitary compound. Two doses of the drug in a nebulized formulation were being tested in the three-day, placebo-controlled trial as a maintenance treatment for 79 COPD patients, who were already on commonly used LAMA/LABA treatments.
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