Efficacy and safety of TOBI Podhaler in Pseudomonas aeruginosa- infected bronchiectasis patients: iBEST study

Eur Respir J. 2021 Jan 5;57(1):2001451. doi: 10.1183/13993003.01451-2020. Print 2021 Jan.


The study aimed to determine the efficacy of a safe and well-tolerated dose and regimen of tobramycin inhalation powder (TIP) on Pseudomonas aeruginosa sputum density in patients with bronchiectasis.This is a phase II, double-blind, randomised study in bronchiectasis patients aged ≥18 years with chronic P. aeruginosa infection. Patients were randomised 1:1:1 to either cohort A: three capsules of TIP once daily (84 mg); cohort B: five capsules once daily (140 mg) or cohort C: four capsules twice daily (224 mg). Within each cohort, patients were further randomised 2:2:1 either to TIP continuously, TIP cyclically (alternating 28 days of TIP and placebo) or placebo for 16 weeks, respectively and were followed up for 8 weeks.Overall, 107 patients were randomised to cohorts A (n=34), B (n=36) and C (n=37). All three TIP doses significantly reduced the P. aeruginosa sputum density from baseline to day 29 versus placebo in a dose-dependent manner (p≤0.0001, each). A smaller proportion of patients in the continuous-TIP (34.1%) and cyclical-TIP (35.7%) groups experienced pulmonary exacerbations versus placebo (47.6%) and also required fewer anti-pseudomonal antibiotics (38.6% on continuous TIP and 42.9% on cyclical TIP) versus placebo (57.1%) although not statistically significant. Pulmonary exacerbation of bronchiectasis was the most frequent (37.4%) adverse event. Overall, TIP was well tolerated, however, 23.4% of the patients discontinued the study drug due to adverse events.Continuous- and cyclical-TIP regimens with all three doses were safe and effective in reducing the P. aeruginosa sputum density in patients with bronchiectasis and chronic P. aeruginosa infection.

Trial registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT02712983.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial, Phase II
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Inhalation
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Bronchiectasis* / complications
  • Bronchiectasis* / drug therapy
  • Humans
  • Pseudomonas Infections* / complications
  • Pseudomonas Infections* / drug therapy
  • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
  • Tobramycin / therapeutic use


  • Tobramycin

Associated data

  • ClinicalTrials.gov/NCT02712983