Efficacy and safety of PANCREAZE (R) for treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency due to cystic fibrosis

Division of Pulmonary Medicine and Biology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, OH, USA.
Journal of cystic fibrosis: official journal of the European Cystic Fibrosis Society (Impact Factor: 3.82). 05/2011; 10(5):350-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.jcf.2011.04.005
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ABSTRACT Pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT) is critical for correction of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF).
This was a randomized, placebo-controlled PERT withdrawal study evaluating the efficacy and safety of PANCREAZE® (pancrelipase) in CF patients with EPI. Participants (n=49) entered an open-label, ≤ 14 day run-in phase, maintained a high-fat diet (100 ± 15 g/day), and received PANCREAZE® (10.5 or 21). Participants with a coefficient of fat absorption (CFA)≥ 80% (n=40) were then randomized (1:1) to receive either PANCREAZE® or placebo during a double-blind, ≤ 7 day withdrawal phase.
PANCREAZE® improved fat absorption as shown by significantly lower mean ± SD change in CFA between open-label and double-blind phases for PANCREAZE® (-1.5 ± 5.88%; p<0.001) compared to placebo (-34.1 ± 23.03%). Protein absorption was similarly improved. No unexpected adverse events were reported.
This study demonstrated PANCREAZE® was effective in treating EPI due to CF and was safe and well tolerated.

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