DORVAL, QC, July 10, 2013 /CNW/ - British Columbia patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) now have access to ONBREZ* BREEZHALER* (indacaterol maleate) 75 mcg with its listing on BC PharmaCare's benefit list. ONBREZ* BREEZHALER* is available in pharmacies province wide.
ONBREZ* BREEZHALER* is a long-acting β2-agonist (LABA) indicated for long-term maintenance bronchodilator treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. As an inhaled, steroid-free COPD treatment, ONBREZ* BREEZHALER* is not indicated for the relief of acute deterioration of COPD, nor to treat asthma1.
"We are pleased that British Columbia's Drug Review Process has recognized the therapeutic value of ONBREZ* BREEZHALER*, leading to its inclusion on the list of drugs reimbursed by BC PharmaCare. Other provinces are also providing access to this new treatment for Canadians with COPD," said Dr. Riad Sherif B., President of Novartis Pharmaceuticals Canada Inc.
COPD is a chronic, progressive respiratory condition characterized by gradual airway obstruction, shortness of breath, cough and sputum production. 2009-2010 estimates show that 4% of Canadians are affected. Cigarette smoking is the principal cause, accounting for 80% of COPD deaths.2
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*ONBREZ and BREEZHALER are registered trademarks.
1 ONBREZ* BREEZHALER* Product Monograph, October 24, 2012.
2 PHAC. Fast facts about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) 2011. Available from: www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/cd-mc/publications/copd-mpoc/ff-rr-2011-eng.php. Accessed March 15, 2013.
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