Amikacin Liposome Inhalation Suspension for Mycobacterium avium Complex Lung Disease: A 12-Month Open-Label Extension Clinical Trial

Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2021 Jul;18(7):1147-1157. doi: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.202008-925OC.


Rationale: Patients with refractory Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) lung disease have limited treatment options. In the CONVERT study, amikacin liposome inhalation suspension (ALIS) added to guideline-based therapy (GBT) increased culture conversion rates versus GBT alone by Month 6. Limited data are available regarding >6-month treatment in a refractory population.Objectives: Evaluate 12-month safety, tolerability, and efficacy of ALIS+GBT.Methods: Adults with refractory MAC lung disease not achieving culture conversion by CONVERT Month 6 could enroll in this open-label extension (INS-312) to receive 590 mg once-daily ALIS+GBT for 12 months. Two cohorts enrolled: the "ALIS-naive" cohort included patients randomized to GBT alone in CONVERT, and the "prior-ALIS" cohort included those randomized to ALIS+GBT in CONVERT. Safety and tolerability of ALIS over 12 months (primary endpoint) and culture conversion by Months 6 and 12 were assessed.Results: In the ALIS-naive cohort, 83.3% of patients (n = 75/90) experienced respiratory treatment-emergent adverse events (TEAEs), and 35.6% (n = 32) had serious TEAEs; 26.7% (n = 24) achieved culture conversion by Month 6 and 33.3% (n = 30) by Month 12. In the prior-ALIS cohort, 46.6% of patients (n = 34/73) experienced respiratory TEAEs, and 27.4% (n = 20) had serious TEAEs; 9.6% (n = 7) achieved culture conversion by Month 6 (≤14 mo ALIS exposure) and 13.7% (n = 10) by Month 12 (≤20 mo ALIS exposure). Nephrotoxicity-related TEAEs and measured hearing decline were infrequent in both cohorts.Conclusions: In up to 20 months of ALIS use, respiratory TEAEs were common, nephrotoxicity and hearing decline were infrequent, and culture conversion continued beyond 6 months of therapy.Clinical trial registered with (NCT02628600).

Keywords: ALIS; Mycobacterium avium; amikacin liposome inhalation suspension; culture conversion; nontuberculous mycobacteria.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Inhalation
  • Adult
  • Amikacin / adverse effects
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / adverse effects
  • Humans
  • Liposomes / therapeutic use
  • Lung Diseases* / drug therapy
  • Mycobacterium avium Complex
  • Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare Infection* / drug therapy
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Liposomes
  • Amikacin

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