Long term clinical effectiveness of ivacaftor in people with the G551D CFTR mutation

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  • Background: The cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) potentiator, ivacaftor, was first approved for people with CF and the G551D CFTR mutation. This study describes the long-term clinical effectiveness of ivacaftor in this population. Methods: We conducted a multicenter, prospective, longitudinal, observational study of people with CF ages ≥6 years with at least one copy of the G551D CFTR mutation. Measurements of lung function, growth, quality of life, and sweat chloride were performed after ivacaftor initiation (baseline, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, and annually thereafter until 5.5 years). Results: Ninety-six participants were enrolled, with 81% completing all study measures through 5.5 years. This cohort experienced significant improvements in percent predicted forced expiratory volume in 1 second (ppFEV1) of 4.8 [2.6, 7.1] (p < 0.001) at 1.5 years, that diminished to 0.8 [-2.0, 3.6] (p = 0.57) at 5.5 years. Adults experienced larger improvements in ppFEV1 (7.4 [3.6, 11.3], p < 0.001 at 1.5 years and 4.3 [0.6, 8.1], p = 0.02 at 5.5 years) than children (2.8 [0.1, 5.6], p = 0.04 at 1.5 years and -2.0 [-5.9, 2.0], p = 0.32 at 5.5 years). Rate of lung function decline for the overall study cohort from 1 month after ivacaftor initiation through 5.5 years was estimated to be -1.22 pp/year [-1.70, -0.73]. Significant improvements in growth, quality of life measures, sweat chloride, Pseudomonas aeruginosa detection, and pulmonary exacerbation rates requiring antimicrobial therapy persisted through five years of therapy. Conclusions: These findings demonstrate the long-term benefits and disease modifying effects of ivacaftor in children and adults with CF and the G551D mutation.
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  • Guimbellot JS; Baines A; Paynter A; Heltshe SL; VanDalfsen J; Jain M; Rowe SM; Sagel SD
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  • 213
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  • 219
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  • 20
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  • 2