FDA panel backs long-acting Boehringer inhaler

(AP)—A panel of federal health experts is overwhelmingly recommending approval for a long-acting inhaler to treat people suffering from chronic lung disease.

The panel voted 15 to one that Boehringer Ingelheim's once-daily inhaler is safe and effective for , a condition that causes bronchitis and emphysema.

The disease affects about 24 million people in the U.S. and is most commonly caused by cigarette smoking. Symptoms include cough, phlegm and shortness of breath.

The FDA is not required to follow the guidance of its panels, though it often does.

German drugmaker Boehringer is also asking the agency to approve the drug called olodaterol with labeling that it increased patients' ability to exercise. If approved, the drug would be the first inhaler with that claim.


Explore further

Tudorza pressair approved for COPD

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Citation: FDA panel backs long-acting Boehringer inhaler (2013, January 29) retrieved 19 October 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2013-01-fda-panel-long-acting-boehringer-inhaler.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more