An observational study of outcomes and tolerances in patients with cystic fibrosis initiated on lumacaftor/ivacaftor

Mark T. Jennings, Rebecca Dezube, Shruti Paranjape, Natalie E. West, Gina Hong, Andrew Braun, Jonathan Grant, Christian A. Merlo, Noah Lechtzin

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Rationale: In July 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved lumacaftor/ivacaftor for use in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF). This drug targets the primary defect in the CFTR protein that is conferred by the F508del CFTR mutation. Objective: As there is limited experience with this therapy outside of clinical trials, this study aims to examine the clinical experience of this new drug in a population with CF. Results: Retrospective cohort study of individuals followed at the Johns Hopkins CF Center who initiated treatment with lumacaftor/ ivacaftor. Patients were followed from 1 year before drug initiation to up to 11 months postinitiation. Key exclusion criteria include previous exposure to lumacaftor/ivacaftor through participation in a clinical trial. Of 116 individuals identified who started lumacaftor/ivacaftor treatment, 46 (39.7%) reported adverse effects related to lumacaftor/ivacaftor, with the vast majority (82.2%) being pulmonary adverse effects, and 20 (17.2%) discontinued lumacaftor/ivacaftor because of adverse effects. The mean change in FEV1% predicted was 0.11% (range: 239% to 120%; P = 0.9). Nineteen individuals had an FEV1% predicted of 40% or less before treatment, and there was a higher percentage of patients in this subgroup who reported adverse effects (57.9%) and a higher percentage of patients who discontinued lumacaftor/ivacaftor (31.6%). Female sex was associated with a higher odds of drug discontinuation (adjusted odds ratio, 3.12, 95% confidence interval, 1.04-9.38). Conclusions: This study highlights the prevalence of adverse effects in a CF population newly exposed to lumacaftor/ivacaftor and demonstrates a relatively high rate of drug intolerance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1662-1666
Number of pages5
JournalAnnals of the American Thoracic Society
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2017


  • CFTR modulators
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Post-marketing study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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