Expanding Treatment Options: The Latest Developments in COPD - Episode 14

New Inhalers for Simplified Dosing in COPD

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The MD Magazine Peer Exchange “Expanding Treatment Options: The Latest Developments in COPD Therapy” features a panel of physician experts discussing key topics in COPD therapy, including risk factors, personalized treatment, preventive measures, new combination therapies, and more.

This Peer Exchange is moderated by Peter Salgo, MD, professor of medicine and anesthesiology at Columbia University and an associate director of surgical intensive care at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

The panelists are:

  • Byron Thomashow, MD, professor of medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, medical director at the Jo-Ann LeBuhn Center for Chest Disease at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and chairman of the board of the COPD Foundation
  • Neil R. MacIntyre, MD, clinical chief of the Pulmonary/Critical Care Division, medical director of Respiratory Care Services, and professor of medicine at Duke University School of Medicine
  • Barry J. Make, MD, director of Pulmonary and Respiratory Care for National Jewish Health and professor of medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • Nicola A. Hanania, MD, MS, associate professor of medicine and director of the Asthma and COPD Clinical Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine

With so many inhaler devices on the market, it can be difficult to make a selection for each particular patient. One new device delivers the drug as a soft mist, allowing the patient to inhale it without needing inspiratory force, and Make said that most patients can use it very well. Many of the newer devices are simpler to use and are used once rather than twice daily, said Hanania.

Thomashow stressed the importance of preventing and reducing exacerbations to prevent rapid deterioration, stating that an aggressive approach is needed.