The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
Formoterol (Perforomist) for COPD
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Formoterol fumarate (Perforomist – Dey), a long-acting beta2-agonist, was recently approved by the FDA as an inhalation solution for nebulization for maintenance treatment of bronchoconstriction associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Arformoterol (Brovana), the (R, R)-enantiomer of formoterol, was approved earlier this year for the same indication.1

MAINTENANCE TREATMENT OF COPD — For patients with moderate to severe disease, regular treatment with long-acting bronchodilators, which include long-acting beta2-agonists and the long-acting anticholinergic tiotropium, can relieve symptoms, increase exercise tolerance, improve lung function, reduce the frequency of exacerbations and improve quality of life.2 For patients with severe disease who experience frequent exacerbations, a trial of an added ... more      

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