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Boehringer Ingelheim Presents Efficacy Data For Tiotropium In Symptomatic Asthma Patients In Relation To Allergic Status

"Through the UniTinA-Asthma program, our goal is to evaluate tiotropium in a wide range of asthma patients to determine where there may be a benefit," said Tunde Otulana, MD, vice president, Clinical Development and Medical Affairs, Respiratory, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "We are encouraged by these findings, as they provide us with more information on tiotropium's potential across new subsets of asthma patients."

About UniTinA-Asthma

The PrimoTinA-asthma™ studies are a part of the comprehensive Phase III trial program UniTinA-asthma™ which includes a number of clinical trials in adults, adolescents and pediatric patients across different asthma severities who remain symptomatic/uncontrolled on current treatment with inhaled corticosteroids. The program includes over 4,000 patients in more than 150 sites globally.

About Asthma

Asthma is a chronic disease characterised by airway inflammation and bronchoconstriction. When a person with asthma comes into contact with an asthma trigger (e.g. infections, pollen, smoke), their airways can become inflamed, swollen and constricted and excess mucus is produced. These reactions can cause the airways to become narrower and irritated, making it difficult to breathe. People suffering from asthma experience recurrent episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness and coughing.

As of May 2011, an estimated 235 million people worldwide suffer from asthma. Estimates have shown that the number of people with asthma could grow by an additional 100 million people worldwide by 2025.

By avoiding asthma triggers, one can help to reduce the severity of asthma. Although asthma cannot be cured, appropriate management can control the disease in many patients. However, many patients still suffer from uncontrolled asthma despite the available treatment options. They can continue to have symptoms and lifestyle restrictions and might even require emergency care.  

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