Long-acting Medication Use in COPD: Opportunities for Minimizing Medication Waste in the Hospital Setting

NOVEMBER 01, 2017
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third most common cause of death in the United States1 and is responsible for approximately 700,000 hospitalizations each year.2 COPD-related costs in the United States exceed $50 billion per year and are expected to increase.3

The increasing costs associated with COPD management are a substantial burden on the health care system. To help manage this burden, current guidelines recommend the use of several long-acting inhaled medications for the treatment of COPD.In this white paper, learn about current guidelines for management of COPD and available dosage forms of long-acting inhaled medications, and recognize opportunities that may reduce medication waste through appropriate use of available COPD treatments.

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