New option for COPD patients possible
A new treatment may be available for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, following a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel making a positive recommendation.
The medication, Breo Ellipta, involves a corticosteroid and bronchodilator. It only needs to be taken once a day, which makers Glaxo and Theravance hope make it more attractive to patients.
There are two other inhaled corticosteroid/Long-Acting Beta Antagonist (LABA) combination products for COPD patients, Advair Diskus and Symbicort, but both are administered twice a day.
A final decision from the FDA is expected in late 2013. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.