for people ages 18-50 (full criteria)
at San Diego, California
study started
estimated completion:
Joe Ramsdell



The primary aim of the pilot (SAPS) protocol is to determine the feasibility and utility of implementing the provisional design of the full scale TOM trial (e.g., the six month treatment period, the impact of the smoking cessation intervention). There is no active hypothesis for the Vanguard Protocol.

Official Title

SAPS:Smoking Asthmatics Pilot Study:


The protocol is a small scale pilot of the full-scale TOM trial, and it will utilize a placebo design and incorporates 4 treatment arms. In the Vanguard Protocol all participants are to complete a 4 week run-in with Advair 100/50, followed by randomization to 1 of 4 arms of study treatment. The 4 drug treatment combinations are (2 inhalers, 2 pills):

  • Advair 250/50, Placebo, Placebo, Placebo
  • Advair 100/50 and montelukast, Placebo, Placebo
  • Advair 100/50 and theophylline, Placebo, Placebo
  • Advair 100/50 and ipratropium, Placebo, Placebo The 24 week treatment phase will be followed by a 4 week washout period on Advair 100/50. There is no crossover.


Asthma asthma,smokers Fluticasone Salmeterol Xinafoate Ipratropium Theophylline Fluticasone Propionate, Salmeterol Xinafoate Drug Combination Montelukast Fluticasone 250 mg/salmeterol 50 mg Montelukast 10mg Theophylline 400 mg fluticasone 250 mg/salmeterol 50mg


You can join if…

Open to people ages 18-50

  • Gender and Age:
  • Males and females, ages 18- 50

Current Smoker:

  • Smoke at least 5 cigarettes per day for at least 5 years
  • Positive urine cotinine test


  • Physician diagnosed asthma
  • Symptomatic, as evidenced by
  • Use of SABA two or more times per week for relief of asthma symptoms, or
  • One or more nocturnal awakenings per week for asthma symptoms ACRC - SC MEETING - 19 MAY 2012 SAPS │ 25 Confidential, not for attribution or citation.
  • Pre-BD FEV1 greater than or equal to 40% predicted
  • Asthma diagnosis confirmed by either
  • albuterol reversibility of FEV1 by 12% or more, or
  • 20% fall in FEV1 at 8mg or less of methacholine
  • If over age 45, a DLco greater than 80% predicted
  • Females of childbearing potential: not pregnant, not lactating and agree to practice an adequate birth control method (abstinence, combination barrier and spermicide, or hormonal) for the duration of the study.

You CAN'T join if...

  • Diagnosis of COPD or emphysema
  • Other major chronic illnesses in the opinion of the investigator that might interfere with the study:

− e.g. including but not limited to uncontrolled diabetes, uncontrolled HIV infection or other immune system disorder, hyperthyroidism, seizure disorders, renal failure,liver disease, non-skin cancer, unstable psychiatric illness.

  • Recent active substance abuse (in past 6 months)
  • Lung disease other than asthma including COPD, bronchiectasis, sarcoidosis, or other significant lung disease
  • Unstable cardiac disease (decompensated CHF, unstable angina, recent MI, atrial fibrillation, supraventricular or ventricular tachycardia, congenital heart disease,or severe uncontrolled hypertension).
  • High risk of near fatal or fatal asthma as defined by the following 1-3
  • ICU admission of asthma in the past year
  • more than 2 hospitalizations for asthma in the previous year
  • more than 3 ED visits for asthma in the previous year
  • intubation or ICU admission for asthma in the past 2 years
  • use of more than 2 canisters of inhaled short-acting beta2-agonist in past month
  • Acute asthma exacerbation in the past 4 weeks (treatment with systemic corticosteroids)


  • Airway Research & Clinical Tirals Center
    San Diego California 92103 United States


in progress, not accepting new patients
Start Date
Completion Date
University of California, San Diego
Airway Research & Clinical Trials Center
Phase 4
Lead Scientist
Joe Ramsdell
Study Type
Last Updated
October 2016