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While lower than results in GSK standard efficacy trial, 'real world' success still is clinically significant, firm's experts tell FDA advisory committee after agency officials asked the panel to consider whether the results translate to clinically meaningful benefit for GSK's proposed mouth spray NRT.
No more than three votes decided the panel's recommendation on each FDA question, and members in the prevailing majorities explained they made their votes with reservations. Potential use by young consumers and confusion by adult users in following the label instructions were primary concerns for all panel members.
Results of both its clinical trials showed significantly higher rates of smoking abstinence, but GSK adds first labeling for an NRT formatted as a Quick Start Guide and makese other label changes "to further assist consumers in how to use the spray dispenser." Similarity of mouth spray formulation's safety profile to other OTC NRTs is a key point in GSK's proposal.
What FDA describes as "real world" trial was "designed to include a broader patient population and without providing any verbal behavioral support," says GSK. "Historically, the FDA has not required OTC NRTs to demonstrate efficacy in naturalistic conditions," it says.
In briefing materials NDAC to consider NDA for first mouth spray delivery NRT, agency also questions whether GSK study data show product is safe for OTC access for consumers. DNDP notes the GSK's clinical trial "consistent with a prescription use setting" showed higher success second trial "designed to be consistent with typical OTC use."