RIDGEFIELD, Conn., Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc. welcomes the updated 2017 Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) Strategy, which identifies a significant role for a combination of a LAMA (long-acting anticholinergic) and a LABA (long-acting beta2-agonist) within the treatment algorithms for people with moderate to very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The updated GOLD Strategy recognizes that LABA/LAMA therapy helps to improve airflow and symptoms, while reducing the risk of exacerbations. With its focus on individualized therapy, the updated GOLD Strategy also provides clear guidance on the limitations of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) or ICS/LABA combinations in the treatment of all severities of COPD. "The new GOLD Strategy represents a significant change compared to previous GOLD guidelines, and we applaud this important effort to provide healthcare providers with new recommendations that are informed by the latest evidence and that seek to improve the care of COPD," said Danny McBryan, MD, Head, Clinical Development & Medical Affairs, Respiratory, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. "The updated GOLD Strategy offers healthcare providers a new framework for their patients - including when to consider LABA/LAMA therapy and how ICS therapy should have a limited role." The 2017 GOLD Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management and Prevention of COPD reflects the latest evidence from published scientific research, which has shown the added benefits of treatment with a LABA/LAMA, compared to the monocomponents alone. This latest evidence includes results from the large-scale, Phase III TOviTO® clinical trial program, which showed that a LABA/LAMA, STIOLTO® RESPIMAT® (tiotropium bromide and olodaterol) Inhalation Spray, significantly improved lung function and health-related quality of life for people with COPD across all levels of disease severity, compared to tiotropium alone. About COPDChronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a term that includes chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema. This disease can make breathing harder because less air is able to flow in and out of the lungs. Chronic lower respiratory diseases, which include COPD, are the third leading cause of death in the United States, and approximately 15 million Americans have been told by a healthcare provider that they have COPD. The most common symptom of COPD is shortness of breath, especially with physical activities. Coughing, with or without mucus production, is also a common symptom of COPD. These symptoms can be misunderstood as signs of aging. COPD is usually associated with progressive airway damage and loss that cause breathing to get more difficult.