Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp, East Hanover, NJ, announced that once-daily [removed]Arcapta™ Neohaler™[/removed] (indacaterol inhalation powder) 75 mcg is now available in the United States, including pharmacies nationwide.

Arcapta Neohaler is indicated for the long-term maintenance bronchodilator treatment of airflow obstruction in adult patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema. Arcapta Neohaler is not indicated to treat asthma. It is also not indicated to treat acute deteriorations of COPD and should not be used as a rescue medication for acute symptoms.

Arcapta Neohaler is the only once-daily, 24-hour long-acting beta2-agonist (LABA) approved in the United States for maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with COPD. Arcapta Neohaler is an inhaled, steroid-free COPD treatment.

Arcapta Neohaler 75 mcg was studied in a total of 641 COPD patients in two key Phase III trials lasting 12 weeks. The primary endpoint results at week 12 showed that Arcapta Neohaler significantly improved lung function (FEV1) at 24 hours compared to placebo. As a secondary endpoint, lung function (FEV1) improvements were seen at 5 minutes after the first dose compared to placebo, and improvements observed at week 4 were consistently maintained over the course of 12 weeks in both trials.

Source: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp