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New once-daily inhaler for COPD and asthma

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The first once-daily inhaled corticosteroid/long acting beta2-agonist combination has been launched in the UK for treating asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Fluticasone furoate/vilanterol (Relvar Ellipta) is the first ICS/LABA to launch with both an asthma and COPD indication at the same time.

Two strengths have been approved for the treatment of asthma (92/22 mcg and 184/22 mcg) and one strength has been approved for COPD (92/22 mcg).

All strengths are administered once-daily using the Ellipta, a new dry powder inhaler, according to manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline.

It said ease-of-use handling studies had shown that over 95% of asthma and COPD patients used the Ellipta inhaler device correctly for the first time.

The product is priced at £27.80 (92/22mcg) and £38.87 (184/22mcg).


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