Author Archives: Marisa Wexler MS

FDA Approves Breztri Aerosphere as COPD Maintenance Treatment

AstraZeneca‘s Breztri Aerosphere has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a maintenance treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Formerly known as PT010, Breztri Aerosphere is an inhaled therapy with three active components: the long-acting muscarinic antagonist…

ProAir Digihaler for COPD and Asthma Now Available in US

The ProAir Digihaler, a digital inhaler designed for people with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to monitor their inhaler usage through the use of a mobile app, is now available by prescription in the U.S. The albuterol inhaler (albuterol sulfate, 117 micrograms), developed by Teva…

Lung Denervation System Named FDA Breakthrough Device

Nuvaira‘s Lung Denervation System, under clinical investigation for its use in treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), has been designated a breakthrough device by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This designation is given to devices that have the potential to substantially improve the…

MUSC Resumes Clinical Trial Testing Targeted Lung Denervation

Following a stop due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) has become the first medical center to restart the AIRFLOW-3 clinical trial, which is testing a procedure called targeted lung denervation as a potential therapy for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). “We’re…

American Thoracic Society Issues New Guidelines for COPD Treatments

New official guidelines have been published by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Among the new recommendations, the combination of long-acting beta two agonists (LABA) and long-acting muscarinic antagonists (LAMA) is recommended over either therapy alone to treat people with COPD…

Disinfectant Use May Increase Nurses’ Risk of COPD, Study Finds

Use of chemical disinfectants might increase the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in nurses, a study suggests. The study, “Association of Occupational Exposure to Disinfectants With Incidence of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Among US Female Nurses,” was published in the journal JAMA Network…