Expanding Treatment Options: The Latest Developments in COPD - Episode 15

The Moving Target of COPD Therapy

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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

There are many new classes of drugs in development for COPD, but Hanania indicated that many of these investigational therapies have been found to be disappointingly ineffective, possibly due to the disease’s heterogeneity. MAP38 kinase inhibition, which makes logical sense as a pathway to target, but it has resulted in many systemic side effects so far.

One of the issues with developing new drugs for COPD, said Thomashow, is the lack of biomarkers that could serve as end points in COPD.