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Differential pharmacology and clinical utility of emerging combination treatments in the management of COPD – role of umeclidinium/vilanterol

Authors Malerba M, Morjaria JB, Radaeli A

Received 9 April 2014

Accepted for publication 2 May 2014

Published 27 June 2014 Volume 2014:9(1) Pages 687—695

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/COPD.S47792

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Mario Malerba,1 Jaymin Bhagwanji Morjaria,2 Alessandro Radaeli3

1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy; 2Department of Academic Respiratory Medicine, Hull York Medical School, University of Hull, Castle Hill Hospital, Cottingham, United Kingdom; 3Department of Emergency, Spedali Civili di Brescia, Brescia, Italy

Abstract: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a preventable and treatable disease characterized by airflow limitation that is not fully reversible. Bronchodilator therapy is the cornerstone in COPD treatment. Bronchodilation in COPD is mainly achieved via administration of long- and ultralong-acting β2-agonists and with long-acting muscarinic antagonists. New combinations of bronchodilators with dual-acting muscarinic antagonist and β2-agonist properties have been licensed, and others are currently being developed with the aim of achieving once-daily dosing, and therefore may improve the likelihood of treatment compliance. These combination bronchodilators include glycopyrronium bromide/indacaterol maleate, umeclidinium (UMEC) bromide/vilanterol trifenatate (VI), aclidinium bromide/formoterol and tiotropium bromide/olodaterol (Boehringer Ingelheim, Germany). This review will focus mainly on studies and clinical trials involving the novel fixed-dose combination of UMEC/VI at doses of 125/25 µg and 62.5/25 µg in patients with COPD. Data from large clinical trials involving more than 4,500 COPD patients indicate that UMEC/VI is an effective once-daily treatment in COPD with improved pulmonary function. Future studies assessing the impact of this combination on exacerbations, delay in disease progression, and health status in patients with COPD are warranted.

Keywords: COPD treatment, umeclidinium, vilanterol, bronchodilators combination, long acting beta2-agonists, long acting muscarinic receptor antagonists

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