Author Archives: Marisa Wexler MS

FDA Approves Generic Version of Brovana for Long-term Treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Lupin Limited’s generic form of Brovana (arformoterol tartrate) for treating bronchoconstriction in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Like the name-brand medicine sold by Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, the new generic is indicated for long-term maintenance treatment, according to…

Questionnaires May Help Diagnose COPD When Resources Are Scarce

Standardized questionnaires can effectively be used to help diagnose chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in settings where healthcare resources may be limited, according to a new study. The study, “Discriminative Accuracy of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Screening Instruments in 3 Low- and Middle-Income Country Settings,” was…

‘Rome Proposal’ Sets Framework for Classifying COPD Exacerbations

An international team of researchers has published a new framework, dubbed the Rome proposal, for defining and classifying exacerbations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). “The ‘Rome Proposal’ represents an important milestone for better understanding and treating a very important and troubling component of COPD progression and, the prospect…

NuvoAir’s Inhaler Sensor Now Available in Europe

NuvoAir Aos, a sensor developed by NuvoAir that can track how inhalers are used by people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or asthma, is now available in Europe, the company announced. The sensor is designated a Class I medical device in Europe, essentially indicating that it is…

Vigorous Physical Activity May Help Lessen Heart Dysfunction

In people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the ability of the heart both to beat faster during physical exercise and to slow down after a workout is impaired, a new study suggests. The results indicate that such heart dysfunction is less severe in patients who engage more regularly…

Antibiotics in Combo Appear More Effective at Killing Bacteria in Lungs

A combination of antibiotics may be more effective at killing harmful bacteria in the lungs of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who are having disease exacerbations, or flare-ups, than single-antibiotic therapies, a study based on a trial’s findings reports. However, the study found no difference between combination…