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Role of the fixed combination of fluticasone and salmeterol in adult Chinese patients with asthma and COPD

Authors Gao J, Pleasants R

Received 9 January 2015

Accepted for publication 6 March 2015

Published 15 April 2015 Volume 2015:10(1) Pages 775—789


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Richard Russell

Jinming Gao,1 Roy A Pleasants2

1Department of Respiratory Diseases, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Peking Union Medical College and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing, People’s Republic of China; 2Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA

Abstract: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma are common airway disorders characterized by chronic airway inflammation and airflow obstruction, and are a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the People’s Republic of China. These two diseases pose a high economic burden on the family and the whole of society. Despite evidence-based Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease and Global Initiative for Asthma guidelines being available for the diagnosis and management of COPD and asthma, many of these patients are not properly diagnosed or managed in the People’s Republic of China. The value of combination therapy with inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting β2-agonists has been established in the management of asthma and COPD globally. Combinations of inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting β2-agonists such as fluticasone and salmeterol, have been shown to be effective for improving symptoms, health status, and reducing exacerbations in both diseases. In this review, we discuss the efficacy and safety of this combination therapy from key studies, particularly in the People’s Republic of China.

Keywords: People’s Republic of China, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, fluticasone, salmeterol

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