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New COPD drug given marketing authorisation

The European Commission has licensed umeclidinium (Incruse) as a once-daily, maintenance bronchodilator treatment to relieve the symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

The long-acting muscarinic antagonist comes in a 55mcg strength inhalation powder and is intended to be delivered with the Ellipta inhaler.

Manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline said it expected that the first launches of the drug would have taken place in Europe by the end of 2014.

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