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Anoro Ellipta: An Inhaled Umeclidinium/Vilanterol Combination for COPD
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The FDA has approved an inhaled fixed-dose combination of the long-acting anticholinergic umeclidinium (ue mek" li din' ee um) and the long-acting beta2-adrenergic agonist (LABA) vilanterol (Anoro Ellipta – GSK/Theravance) for once-daily maintenance treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Anoro Ellipta is the first product available in the US that combines two long-acting bronchodilators in a single delivery device.

This is the first approved indication for umeclidinium in the US. Vilanterol is also available in combination with the corticosteroid fluticasone furoate (Breo Ellipta) for once-daily maintenance treatment of COPD.1

MAINTENANCE TREATMENT OF COPD — For patients with moderate to severe airflow obstruction and chronic symptoms, regular treatment with an inhaled long-acting bronchodilator (a LABA or ... more      

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