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AJN, American Journal of Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000445686.75424.bf
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New Drug Approved to Treat COPD

Aschenbrenner, Diane S. MS, RN

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Abstract

* 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.

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