First In Class Once-Daily Dual Bronchodilator Ultibro® Breezhaler® (QVA149) Gains Positive CHMP Opinion For The Treatment Of COPD
COPD is a progressive life-threatening disease that makes it hard to breathe, with symptoms that have a destructive impact on patients' function and quality of life [ 24 ] , [ 25 ]. It affects an estimated 210 million people worldwide and is projected to be the third leading cause of death by 2020 [ 25 ] , [ 26 ]. COPD is often considered to be a disease of later years, but estimates suggest that 50% of those with COPD are now less than 65 years old, resulting in increases in absenteeism, premature retirement and reductions in workforce participation [ 27 ].
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