A new inhaled drug to treat a serious lung condition called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
GlaxoSmithKline's Anoro Ellipta [Combination of umeclidinium bromide -(see structure-1 left) and vilanterol-structure-2 rightside below) is meant to be used once a day for long-term maintenance of airflow in patients with COPD. The lung disease makes breathing difficult and worsens over time.
"Anoro Ellipta works by helping the muscles around the airways of the lungs stay relaxed to increase airflow in patients with COPD," Dr. Curtis Rosebraugh, director of the Office of Drug Evaluation II in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in an agency news release.
"The availability of new long-term maintenance medications provides additional treatment options for the millions of Americans who suffer with COPD," he added.