September 18, 2017 / 11:23 PM / a month ago

U.S. FDA approves GSK's three-in-one drug inhaler for COPD

FILE PHOTO: A GlaxoSmithKline logo is seen outside one of its buildings in west London, February 6, 2008. REUTERS/Toby Melville (BRITAIN)

(Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Innoviva Inc said on Monday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved their triple drug inhaler for treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

GSK’s once-daily triple inhaler, the first to get U.S approval, combines the drugs fluticasone furoate, umeclidinium and vilanterol. It is designed to use three different mechanisms to help open airways of patients with severe COPD.

The inhaler, to be sold under the brand name Trelegy Ellipta, was not indicated for relief of acute bronchospasm or treatment of asthma, the companies said in statement. (bit.ly/2x9JK84)

Last week, the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use of the European Medicines Agency issued a positive opinion recommending the three-in-one inhaled lung drug.

Reporting by Rama Venkat Raman in Bengaluru; Editing by Leslie Adler

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