Background: Pancreatic enzyme replacement therapy (PERT) is critical for correction of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) in patients with cystic fibrosis (CF).
Methods: 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.
Results: 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.
Conclusions: This study demonstrated PANCREAZE® was effective in treating EPI due to CF and was safe and well tolerated.
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