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Press Release: Novartis Phase IIIb ARGON study -2-

All patients were symptomatic at screening despite treatment with

medium- or high- stable doses of LABA/ICS as defined by Asthma Control

Questionnaire (ACQ-7) score >=1.5.

Approximately 1,251 male and female patients with uncontrolled asthma

(aged 18 and above) were randomized 1:1:1 (approximately 417 patients in

each of the treatment groups) to receive either:

-- IND/GLY/MF 150/50/80 g (once-daily)

-- IND/GLY/MF 150/50/160 g (once-daily)

-- Open label Sal/Flu 50/500 g (twice-daily) delivered via Diskus(R)

plus Tio delivered via Respimat(R)

The primary objective of this study was to demonstrate non-inferiority

of both high-dose IND/GLY/MF and medium-dose IND/GLY/MF to comparator

Sal/Flu plus Tio after 24 weeks of treatment based on Asthma Quality of

Life Questionnaire (AQLQ).

Secondary objectives included:

-- To evaluate efficacy of high-dose IND/GLY/MF and medium-dose IND/GLY/MF

compared with Sal/Flu plus Tio based on trough FEV1 after 24 weeks of


-- To evaluate efficacy of high-dose IND/GLY/MF and medium-dose IND/GLY/MF

compared with Sal/Flu plus Tio based on Asthma Quality of Life

Questionnaire (AQLQ) over 24 weeks of treatment.

-- To evaluate efficacy of high-dose IND/GLY/MF and medium-dose IND/GLY/MF

compared with Sal/Flu plus Tio based on ACQ-7 over 24 weeks of treatment.

-- To evaluate efficacy of high-dose IND/GLY/MF and medium-dose IND/GLY/MF

compared with Sal/Flu plus Tio based on lung function over 24 weeks of



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