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Maha Al-Faqawi, Yousef Abuowda, Alaa Eldeen Elmassry, Bettina Böttcher
BACKGROUND: The frequency and severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations are the most important determinants of prognosis in COPD. The aim of this study was to assess the management of patients presenting with COPD exacerbations at the Nasser Medical Complex in the Gaza Strip and to compare the management with the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease guidelines (GOLD 2015). METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of all patients admitted to Nasser Medical Complex and diagnosed with COPD exacerbation between Jan 1, 2014, and Dec 31, 2016...
February 21, 2018: Lancet
Maida Rakanović Todić, Sanita Maleškić, Lejla Burnazović Ristić, Aida Kulo Ćesić, Jasna Kusturica, Besim Prnjavorac
Aim To analyse frequency of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbation in patients on therapy with inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and relevant factors that influence the rate of COPD exacerbations in a subgroup of moderate illness, like FEV1, comorbidities and other concomitant therapy. Methods The study included patients with moderate COPD with at least 10 pack-years history of smoking and accompanying cardiovascular comorbidity. Demographic data, frequency of exacerbations and information about proscribed treatments - ICS alone or in combination with long acting beta agonist (LABA), were collected from medical records for the previous 12 months from the index date...
February 1, 2018: Medicinski Glasnik
Mario Malerba, Matteo Nardin, Giuseppe Santini, Nadia Mores, Alessandro Radaeli, Paolo Montuschi
Maintenance pharmacological treatment for stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is based on inhaled drugs, including long-acting muscarinic receptor antagonists (LAMA), long-acting β2 -adrenoceptor agonists (LABA) and inhaled corticosteroids (ICS). Inhaled pharmacological treatment can improve patients' daily symptoms and reduce decline of pulmonary function and acute exacerbation rate. Treatment with all three inhaled drug classes is reserved for selected, more severe, patients with COPD when symptoms are not sufficiently controlled by dual LABA/LAMA therapy and exacerbations are frequent...
January 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease
Alpesh N Amin, Vamsi Bollu, Michael D Stensland, Logan Netzer, Vaidyanathan Ganapathy
PURPOSE: Medication treatment patterns for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in inpatient settings were examined, as were the characteristics of patients treated with long-acting bronchodilators (LABDs) during hospitalization. METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted using inpatient administrative data from hospitals and medical centers nationwide. All patients discharged from the hospital from January 1, 2010, through December 31, 2012, who were at least 40 years of age, had a primary discharge diagnosis of COPD or a secondary diagnosis of COPD with a primary diagnosis of a respiratory condition, and treatment with a bronchodilator were included...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
Edward M Kerwin, Selwyn Spangenthal, Christine Kollar, Earl St Rose, Colin Reisner
BACKGROUND: Long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) and long-acting β2 -agonist (LABA) bronchodilators are key to the pharmacologic treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This Phase IIb study investigated the safety and efficacy of four doses of the LAMA glycopyrronium (GP) delivered using co-suspension delivery technology via metered dose inhaler (MDI). The study was part of a wider clinical trial program performed to determine the optimal dose of GP MDI, the LABA formoterol fumarate dihydrate (FF) MDI, and glycopyrronium/formoterol fumarate dihydrate (GFF) MDI fixed-dose combination to be taken forward into Phase III studies...
March 5, 2018: Respiratory Research
Maria Gabriella Matera, Luigino Calzetta, Ermanno Puxeddu, Paola Rogliani, Mario Cazzola
LABA+LAMA and LABA+ICS combinations are key pharmacological approaches to the treatment of COPD. However, both combination types can induce adverse events (AEs). Areas covered: Current literature on LABA+LAMA and LABA+ICS combinations has been reviewed with a specific focus on their safety profile in the treatment of COPD. Expert opinion: Several meta-analyses have compared the pooled safety data from randomized clinical trials (RCTs) of LABA+LAMA combinations with LABA+ICS combinations. LABA+LAMA caused significantly less AEs and SAEs...
March 5, 2018: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
D Köhler, D Dellweg
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2018: Pneumologie
Jens M Hohlfeld, Jens Vogel-Claussen, Heike Biller, Dominik Berliner, Korbinian Berschneider, Hanns-Christian Tillmann, Simone Hiltl, Johann Bauersachs, Tobias Welte
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hyperinflation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with reduced biventricular end-diastolic volumes and increased morbidity and mortality. The combination of a long-acting β agonist (LABA) and a muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) is more effective in reducing hyperinflation than LABA-inhaled corticosteroid combination therapy but whether dual bronchodilation improves cardiac function is unknown. METHODS: We did a double-blind, randomised, two-period crossover, placebo-controlled, single-centre study (CLAIM) at the Fraunhofer Institute of Toxicology and Experimental Medicine (Hannover, Germany), a specialty clinic...
February 21, 2018: Lancet Respiratory Medicine
Jadwiga A Wedzicha, Fernando J Martinez
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 16, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
Amanda Wilson
The mission of the Cochrane Nursing Care Field (CNCF) is to improve health outcomes through increasing the use of the Cochrane Library and supporting Cochrane's role by providing an evidence base for nurses and healthcare professionals who deliver, lead or research nursing care. The CNCF produces Cochrane Corner columns, summaries of recent nursing-care-relevant Cochrane Reviews that are regularly published in collaborating nursing-related journals. Information on the processes CNCF has developed can be accessed at: cncf...
February 14, 2018: Nursing Standard
Francesco Patalano, Konstantinos Kostikas, Caterina Brindicci
Both asthma and COPD are complex, heterogeneous conditions comprising a wide range of phenotypes, some of which are refractory to currently available treatments. Elucidation of these phenotypes and identification of biomarkers with which to recognize them and guide appropriate treatment remains a priority. This review describes the utility of blood eosinophils as a surrogate biomarker of eosinophilic airway inflammation, a common feature of specific asthma and COPD phenotypes. The role of blood eosinophils in airway disease is described, as is their relevance in reflecting airway eosinophilia...
February 12, 2018: Current Drug Targets
Vincent Yi-Fong Su, Kuang-Yao Yang, Yao-Hsu Yang, Ying-Huang Tsai, Diahn-Warng Perng, Wei-Juin Su, Kun-Ta Chou, Kang-Cheng Su, Yung-Feng Yen, Pau-Chung Chen
BACKGROUND: Based on current guidelines, more research is urgently needed to guide appropriate treatment for patients with asthma-chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) overlap. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to investigate medication effects on acute exacerbation in patients with coexistent COPD and asthma. METHODS: Using Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database, we conducted a nationwide population-based study to evaluate medication effects in patients with COPD and asthma...
February 10, 2018: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in Practice
Mette Jørgensen, Jan Mainz, Peter Lange, Søren Paaske Johnsen
Objective: To examine the association between schizophrenia and the quality of care and clinical outcomes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Design: A Danish nationwide population-based cohort study using comprehensive information from Danish registries between 2008 and 2013. Setting: Public Danish hospitals. Participants: 72 692 COPD patients with hospital contacts including 621 with schizophrenia. Intervention: COPD care...
February 8, 2018: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
Bartolome R Celli, Julie A Anderson, Robert Brook, Peter M A Calverley, Courtney Crim, Andrew P Holmes, Fernando J Martinez, David E Newby, Julie Yates, Jørgen Vestbo
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February 7, 2018: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
E Padrão, D Araújo, A Todo Bom, C Robalo Cordeiro, J Correia de Sousa, J Cardoso, M Morais-Almeida, R Costa, F Pavão, R B Leite, A Marques
INTRODUCTION: The overlap between asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) (ACO) has been discussed for many years but clinical recommendations for this entity have been diverse. This study is intended to reach a consensus on diagnosis, treatment and patient orientation for ACO, within the Portuguese medical community. METHODS: This study was conducted by a multidisciplinary panel of experts from three distinct medical specialties (Pulmonology, Family Medicine and Immunoallergology)...
January 12, 2018: Revista Portuguesa de Pneumologia
Antonio Anzueto, Marc Miravitlles
The incidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is rising in the United States, and the disease represents a significant source of morbidity and mortality. Primary care providers face many challenges in COPD diagnosis and treatment, as different clinical phenotypes require personalized treatment approaches. Patient adherence and inhaler technique also contribute to treatment outcomes. Around 48% of primary care providers are unaware of guidelines and recommendations for COPD diagnosis and treatment, which may lead to misdiagnosis or undertreatment of COPD symptoms...
January 3, 2018: American Journal of Medicine
Meng-Ting Wang, Jun-Ting Liou, Chen Wei Lin, Chen-Liang Tsai, Yun-Han Wang, Yu-Juei Hsu, Jyun-Heng Lai
Importance: The associations between cardiovascular disease (CVD) and inhaled long-acting β2-agonists (LABAs) or long-acting antimuscarinic antagonists (LAMAs) in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are greatly debated. Pivotal and relevant randomized clinical trials included prior LABA or LAMA users and excluded patients with baseline CVD; therefore, cardiovascular events arising from first-time LABA or LAMA use, if any, could not be observed. There is an urgent need to examine whether new use of and duration since initiating LABAs and LAMAs could act as important determinants of cardiovascular events...
February 1, 2018: JAMA Internal Medicine
James F Donohue, Paul W Jones, Christian Bartels, Jessica Marvel, Peter D'Andrea, Donald Banerji, David G Morris, Francesco Patalano, Robert Fogel
BACKGROUND: In clinical trials of inhaled bronchodilators, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) guidelines recommend that patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are assessed alongside lung function. How these endpoints are related is unclear. METHODS: Pooled longitudinal data from 23 randomised controlled COPD studies were analyzed (N = 23,213). Treatments included long-acting β2 agonists, long-acting muscarinic antagonists (LABAs or LAMAs) and the LABA/LAMA combination QVA149...
December 19, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
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The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has granted marketing authorisation for a pressurised metered dose inhaler (pMDI) containing beclometasone dipropionate, formoterol fumarate dihydrate and glycopyrronium bromide (Trimbow - Chiesi Pharmaceuticals) for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in patients not adequately treated with a combination of an inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) and a long-acting beta2 agonist (LABA).1-3 The manufacturer claims that this is a significant treatment advance for COPD patients, and that the use of one inhaler should simplify therapy and, therefore, may improve adherence...
December 2017: Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin
Josefin Sundh, Joakim Åberg, Mikael Hasselgren, Scott Montgomery, Björn Ställberg, Karin Lisspers, Christer Janson
Introduction : The aim was to investigate how the pattern of pharmacological treatment in Swedish patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has changed over a decade, and to identify factors associated with treatment. Methods : Data on patient characteristics and pharmacological treatment were collected using questionnaires from two separate cohorts of randomly selected primary and secondary care patients with a doctor's diagnosis of COPD in central Sweden, in 2005 ( n  = 1111) and 2014 ( n  = 1329)...
2017: European Clinical Respiratory Journal
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