Asthma pharmacotherapy has two main goals: address underlying airway inflammation and promote bronchodilation. Physicians use two types of therapy to achieve these goals—maintenance therapy (e.g., a LABA/ICS such as GlaxoSmithKline’s Advair or AstraZeneca’s Symbicort) and rescue therapy (e.g., a SABA such as albuterol)—and most asthma patients receive more than one drug to treat their condition. Multiple well-established agents have been available for both maintenance and rescue treatment, but in the past two years, the asthma treatment landscape expanded even more with the approvals of the first branded-generic LABA/ICSFDC (i.e., Teva’s AirDuo and its generic), the first LAMA (i.e., BoehringerIngelheim’s Spiriva), and two novel biologics (i.e., GlaxoSmithKline’s Nucala and Teva’s Cinqair). These agents have expanded physicians’ treatment arsenal and fueled increasing competition in the asthma therapy market.
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