Inspiratory Flows and Volumes in Subjects with Non-CF Bronchiectasis Using a New Dry Powder Inhaler Device
Mark R. Elkins1, Sandra D. Anderson1, Clare P. Perry1, Evangelia Daviskas1, Brett Charlton*, 2
1 Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney, Australia
2 Pharmaxis Ltd, Sydney, Australia
Drug inhalation via a dry-powder inhaler (DPI) is a convenient, time efficient alternative to
nebulizers in the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF) or non-CF bronchiectasis. Efficient drug administration via DPIs
depends on the device resistance and adequate (≥45L/min) inspiratory flows and volumes generated by individuals. Drypowder
mannitol is delivered using a RS01 breath-actuated device developed by Plastiape, for Pharmaxis. The study aim
was to determine in vivo if non-CF bronchiectasis patients’ inspiratory flows and volumes are adequate to use the RS01
Materials and Methodology:
An open, non-interventional study; enrolled 17 subjects with non-CF bronchiectasis, 18 to 80
years, with baseline FEV1 ≥1.0L and ≥50‰ predicted. Inspiratory flows and volumes were measured when subjects
inhaled in a controlled manner through the RS01 device in series with a spirometer.
The mean inspiratory volume (IV) of non-CF bronchiectasis subjects was 2.08 ± 0.5L and achieved a mean PIF
of 78.6 ± 11.2L/min with the inhaler device.
Use of the RS01 DPI device allowed adequate inspiratory flow and volume for dispersion of dry-powder
mannitol in non-CF bronchiectasis patients.
Keywords: : Bronchiectasis, clinical trials, respiratory function tests, dry powder inhaler, high resistance inhaler, peak
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