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Profile of a fixed-dose combination of tiotropium/olodaterol and its potential in the treatment of COPD

Authors Muruganandan S, Jayaram L

Received 15 December 2014

Accepted for publication 20 April 2015

Published 18 June 2015 Volume 2015:10(1) Pages 1179—1189


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Russell

Sanjeevan Muruganandan,1 Lata Jayaram2,3

1Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Austin Health, 2Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Western Health, 3University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Abstract: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive, debilitating disorder that results in frequent exacerbations and impacts quality of life. It represents a growing burden of health care cost, both from societal and economic perspectives. Short- and long-acting bronchodilators remain the mainstay of therapy in COPD patients. New fixed-dose combination inhalers with novel pharmacological combinations of long-acting β2-agonists and muscarinic antagonists and delivered once-daily through a variety of devices are currently being developed and licensed for the treatment of COPD. There is mounting research suggesting that combining a fixed dose of a β2-agonist and a muscarinic antagonist achieves better bronchodilation and clinical outcomes compared with either agent alone. These once-daily dosing inhalers are anticipated to impact favorably on patient preference and compliance. This review examines the fixed-dose combination of tiotropium bromide and olodaterol delivered by a Respimat® Soft Mist™ inhaler at doses of 2.5/5 µg and 5/5 µg in moderate-to-very-severe COPD, and its potential role in COPD compared with other long-acting β2-agonist with long-acting muscarinic antagonist combinations and delivery devices.

Keywords: fixed-dose combination inhalers, olodaterol, tiotropium bromide, COPD treatment, long-acting β2-agonists, long-acting muscarinic antagonist

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