Nearly Half of COPD Patients Receive More Than One COPD Medication

Quarterly Treatment Algorithm Analysis for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Now Available from Decision Resources

BURLINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Decision Resources, one of the world’s leading research and advisory firms focusing on pharmaceutical and healthcare issues, finds that about half (49.3 percent) of recently treated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients receive more than one COPD therapy. According to Treatment Algorithms in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, market share leaders GlaxoSmithKline’s long-acting beta2 agonist/inhaled corticosteroid (LABA/ICS) Advair and Boehringer Ingelheim/Pfizer’s long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) Spiriva are the most common COPD drugs to be added to recently treated patients’ therapies.

Historical analysis of U.S. patient-level claims data also reveals that a moderate percentage of newly diagnosed patients receive combination therapy as they progress through lines of treatment. The most common combinations prescribed in newly diagnosed patients moving from the first to the second line are albuterol plus Advair, Spiriva or AstraZeneca’s Symbicort and Spiriva plus Advair.

“Because COPD is a progressive disease and there is a lack of disease modifying therapies, nearly all COPD patients will eventually require multiple drugs to control their symptoms,” said Decision Resources Therapeutic Area Director Madhuri Borde, Ph.D. “Our analysis demonstrates that it is common for physicians to maintain COPD patients on multiple products with different mechanisms of action. For marketers of COPD drugs, understanding the add-versus-switch treatment patterns and dynamics is important to maximizing a drug’s sales potential.”

The analysis is part of Decision Resources’ Treatment Algorithms series. Through examination of patient-level claims data, the Treatment Algorithms series provides exceptional insight into physicians’ prescribing trends and the factors that drive therapy choice, from diagnosis through multiple courses of treatment, for a specific disease. The Treatment Algorithms series is updated quarterly.

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