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BI, GSK, Novartis hale and hearty at COPD party

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Executive Summary

It has been an eventful week in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). New safety data emerged for Spiriva Respimat (tiotropium; Boehringer Ingelheim) and encouraging analyses from Novartis’ LABA/LAMA Ultibro Breezhaler from the European Respiratory Society (ERS) Annual Congress: while Anoro (umeclidinium/vilanterol), GlaxoSmithKline’s fixed-dose long-acting beta 2 agonist/long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LABA/LAMA) inhaler, has been recommended for approval by the US FDA Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee (PADAC).

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