Asthma pharmacotherapy has two main goals: to address underlying airways inflammation and promote bronchodilation. Physicians use two types of therapy to achieve these goals: maintenance therapy (, a LABA/ICS, such as GSK’s Advair or AstraZeneca’s Symbicort) and rescue therapy (, a SABA, such as albuterol); and most asthma patients will receive more than one drug to treat their condition. While there are multiple well-established agents available for both maintenance and rescue treatment, over the past two years, the asthma treatment landscape has witnessed the approval of the first once-daily LABA/ICS (, GSK’s Breo), the first LAMA (, Boehringer Ingelheim’s Spiriva), and the first—in over ten years—biologic (, GSK’s Nucala). The availability of these agents has helped to expand physicians’ treatment armamentarium and fuel increasing competition in the asthma market.
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