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ICS and COPD: Time to clear the air

Authors Ford PA, Russell R, Barnes PJ

Published 31 July 2009 Volume 2009:4 Pages 289—290


Paul A Ford, Richard EK Russell, Peter J Barnes

Airway Disease Section, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London, UK

The debate about what constitutes the correct treatment for COPD has recently intensified. This discussion has grumbled on ever since the first multicenter trials using inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) such as the European Respiratory Society study on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (EUROSCOP) and Inhaled Steroids in Obstructive Lung Disease (ISOLDE) were published in the late 1990’s and the results of trials such as TORCH (TOwards a Revolution in COPD Health) using combination products has only added to the confusion.

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