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Arnuity Ellipta

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Arnuity Ellipta

(fluticasone furoate) Inhalation Powder


The active component of ARNUITY ELLIPTA is fluticasone furoate, a synthetic trifluorinated corticosteroid having the chemical name (6α,11β,16α,17α)-6,9-difluoro-17-{[(fluoro-methyl)thio]carbonyl}-11-hydroxy-16-methyl-3-oxoandrosta-1,4-dien-17-yl 2-furancarboxylate and the following chemical structure:

ARNUITY ELLIPTA (fluticasone furoate) Structural Formula Illustration

Fluticasone furoate is a white powder with a molecular weight of 538.6, and the empirical formula is C27H29F3O6S. It is practically insoluble in water.

ARNUITY ELLIPTA is a light grey and orange plastic inhaler containing a foil blister strip. Each blister on the strip contains a white powder mix of micronized fluticasone furoate (100 or 200 mcg) and lactose monohydrate (12.4 or 12.3 mg) for a total powder mix of 12.5 mg per blister. The lactose monohydrate contains milk proteins. After the inhaler is activated, the powder within the blister is exposed and ready for dispersion into the airstream created by the patient inhaling through the mouthpiece.

Under standardized in vitro test conditions, ARNUITY ELLIPTA 100 mcg and ARNUITY ELLIPTA 200 mcg deliver 90 and 182 mcg, respectively, of fluticasone furoate per blister when tested at a flow rate of 60 L/min for 4 seconds.

In adult subjects with asthma and a mean FEV1 of 2.55 L/sec (range: 1.63 to 3.97 L/sec), mean peak inspiratory flow through the ELLIPTA inhaler was 103.2 L/min (range: 71.2 to 133.1 L/min).

The actual amount of drug delivered to the lung will depend on patient factors, such as inspiratory flow profile.

Last reviewed on RxList: 2/11/2016
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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