Asthma biologic trial eligibility and real-world outcomes in the United States

Regina W. Lam, Jonathan W. Inselman, Molly M. Jeffery, Jacob T. Maddux, Nilay D Shah, Matthew A. Rank

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Objective: To compare the outcomes of real-world patients who would have been eligible for asthma biologics to those who would not have been eligible. Methods: We used data from the OptumLabs Data Warehouse (OLDW) to categorize patients into eligible and ineligible groups based on clinical trials (n = 19 trials) used for Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. We then compared the change in the number of asthma exacerbations before and after biological initiation between the two groups. Results: The percentage of people who would have been eligible for asthma biologic clinical trials ranged from 0–10.2%. The eligible group had a greater reduction in number of asthma exacerbations compared to the ineligible group based on eligibility criteria from 1 omalizumab trial (1.52, 95% CI 1.25, 1.8 in eligible vs. 0.47, 95% CI 0.43, 0.52 in ineligible) and from 1 dupilumab trial (1.6, 95% CI 0.92, 2.28 in eligible vs. 0.52, 95% CI 0.38, 0.65 ineligible). Notably, 15 of the 19 trials had fewer than 11 eligible people, limiting additional comparisons. Conclusions: Fewer than 1 in 10 people in the United States treated with asthma biologics would have been eligible to participate in the trial for the biologic they used. Where comparisons could be made, trial eligible people have a greater reduction in exacerbations. Supplemental data for this article is available online at

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2352-2359
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Asthma
Issue number12
StatePublished - 2022


  • Asthma
  • biologics
  • eligibility
  • external validity
  • trials

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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