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New Drug Approved to Treat COPD

Aschenbrenner, Diane S. MS, RN

AJN, American Journal of Nursing: April 2014 - Volume 114 - Issue 4 - pp 24,25
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000445686.75424.bf
Drug Watch

* Umeclidinium and vilanterol inhalation powder (Anoro Ellipta) is a new drug for treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

* It's used once daily for long-term maintenance and cannot be used to treat acute bronchospasm or asthma.

* As a combination of an anticholinergic and a long-acting b2-agonist, Anoro Ellipta carries the same warnings regarding drug–drug interactions and adverse effects as other drugs in those classes.

Diane S. Aschenbrenner recently retired as course coordinator for undergraduate pharmacology at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing in Baltimore, MD. She also coordinates Drug Watch : daschen1@jhu.edu.

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