GlaxoSmithKline plc (LSE/NYSE: GSK) announced the simultaneous availability of two of its recently approved products for the treatment of asthma and COPD to retail pharmacies in the US. Over the past 15 months, GSK has launched four inhaled respiratory therapies in the US, all delivered in its Ellipta® inhaler.
Arnuity™ Ellipta (fluticasone furoate inhalation powder) is a once-daily inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) medicine for the maintenance treatment of asthma. It is the first product in the Ellipta inhaler for the treatment of asthma to be introduced in the US.
Arnuity Ellipta is indicated for once-daily maintenance treatment of asthma as prophylactic therapy in patients aged 12 years and older. Arnuity Ellipta is not indicated for the relief of acute bronchospasm. It acts to reduce inflammation associated with asthma and helps to prevent and control the symptoms of asthma.
Arnuity Ellipta is available in two approved doses, 100mcg and 200mcg.
GSK also announced that Incruse®Ellipta® (umeclidinium bromide), an anticholinergic indicated for the long-term, once-daily maintenance treatment of airflow obstruction in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema, is now available to retail pharmacies in the US. Incruse is GSK’s first anticholinergic monotherapy, a type of bronchodilator that can relax airway smooth muscles and improve airflow in and out of the lungs. Incruse Ellipta is available as 62.5 mcg of umeclidinium dry inhalation powder, administered once-daily using the Ellipta inhaler.