LONDON (SHARECAST) - Respiratory diseases specialist Verona Pharma has hailed a positive outcome of a clinical trial of its lead drug candidate, the snappily-named RPL554.
The data showed that a single dose of RPL554 in spray form administered to patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) produced a rapid widening of the airways, greater than a 15% increase in FEV1 (forced expiratory volume at 1 second). This magnitude of what medical professionals call a bronchodilator response was significantly larger than that produced by placebo and appeared to be at least equivalent to that produced by a standard dose of the industry-standard bronchodilator product in these patients. In addition, inhalation of the doses was well tolerated and did not cause any significant adverse effects.
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