A Study to Investigate the Efficacy and Safety of Tezepelumab Compared With Placebo in Children 5 to < 12 Years Old With Severe Asthma (HORIZON)

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Status and phase

Phase 3




Other: Placebo
Biological: Tezepelumab

Study type


Funder types




Details and patient eligibility


To assess the efficacy and safety of tezepelumab in pediatric participants with severe uncontrolled asthma on medium to high-dose inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and at least one additional asthma controller medication with or without oral corticosteroids.

Full description

This is a phase-3 multicentre, double-blind, parallel-group placebo-controlled, randomised study. The study will comprise of: Screening/Run-in period of 4 to 6 weeks, 52-week double-blind Treatment period, Post-treatment Follow-up period of 12 weeks. Participants will be randomised 2:1 to receive either tezepelumab or placebo administered by (SC) Subcutaneous injections for 52 weeks (double-blind Treatment period). There will then be a 12-week off-treatment Follow-up period for participants who do not continue in the optional open-label Active Treatment Extension period. An optional open-label Active Treatment Extension will allow all eligible participants the opportunity to receive active treatment with tezepelumab. The Active Treatment Extension period of the study will start following the 52-week double-blind Treatment period and will consist of a 24-week open-label Treatment period prior to the 12-week post-treatment Follow-up period.


372 estimated patients




5 to 11 years old


No Healthy Volunteers

Inclusion criteria

  • Written informed consent from (ICF) at least one parent/caregiver (as per local guidelines) and accompanying informed assent from the participant (where the participant is able to provide assent) prior to admission to the study.
  • Participants must be 5 to < 12 years of age, at the time of signing the assent form (as applicable per local guidelines) and their caregivers signing the ICF and at Visit 3.
  • Documented physician diagnosis of severe asthma for at least 6 months prior to Visit 1.
  • Documented physician-prescribed treatment with a total daily dose of either medium or high dose, for at least 3 months with stable dose ≥ 1 month prior to Visit 1.
  • Documented treatment with at least one additional maintenance asthma controller medication is required according to local guidelines and standard of care; (long-acting beta agonist, leukotriene receptor antagonist, long-acting muscarinic antagonist) for at least 3 months with stable dose ≥ 1 month prior to Visit 1.

Evidence of asthma as documented by one of the following:

  • Documented historical BD responsiveness of FEV1 ≥ 10% in the previous 12 months prior to Visit 1 OR
  • Documented historical methacholine challenge result of ≤ 16 mg/mL in the previous 12 months prior to Visit 1 OR
  • Post-BD (albuterol/salbutamol) responsiveness of FEV1 ≥ 10% during Screening (15 to 30 min after administration of 4 puffs of albuterol/salbutamol) at either Visit 1 or Visit 2.
  • History of at least 2 severe asthma exacerbation events OR 1 severe asthma exacerbation event resulting in hospitalisation within 12 months prior to Visit 1.
  • Pre-BD FEV-1 >50% and ≤ 95%PN OR FEV1/forced vital capacity (FVC) ratio ≤ 0.8 at either Visit 1 or Visit 2.

Evidence of uncontrolled asthma, with at least 1 of the below criteria:

  • ACQ-IA score ≥ 1.5 at least once during Screening/Run-in, including Visit 3 (prior to Randomisation) for participants ≥ 6 years old at Screening
  • Use of reliever medication, other than as a preventive for exercise induced bronchospasm, on 3 or more days per week for at least 1 week during the Screening/Run-in period
  • Sleep awakening due to asthma symptoms requiring use of reliever medication at least once during the Screening/Run-in period
  • Asthma symptoms 3 or more days per week in at least 1 week during the Screening/Run-in period
  • Body weight ≥ 16 kg at Visit 1 (Screening) and Visit 3 (Randomisation).

Exclusion criteria

  • History of cystic fibrosis, primary ciliary dyskinesia, or chronic rhinosinusitis with nasal polyposis.
  • History of any clinically significant disease or disorder other than asthma which, in the opinion of the investigator, may either put the participant at risk because of participation in the study, or influence the results or the participant's ability to participate in the study.
  • History of a clinically significant deterioration in asthma or asthma exacerbation including those requiring use of systemic corticosteroids or increase in the maintenance dose of oral corticosteroids within 30 days prior to Visit 1.
  • Change in ICS dose within 1 month prior to Visit 1.
  • History of a life-threatening asthma exacerbation resulting in a hypoxic seizure or requiring intubation or mechanical ventilation.

Trial design

Primary purpose




Interventional model

Parallel Assignment


Triple Blind

372 participants in 2 patient groups, including a placebo group

Experimental group
Participants will be receiving tezepelumab subcutaneous injection
Biological: Tezepelumab
Placebo Comparator group
Participants will be receiving placebo through a subcutaneous injection
Other: Placebo

Trial contacts and locations



Central trial contact

AstraZeneca Clinical Study Information Center

Data sourced from clinicaltrials.gov

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