GlaxoSmithKline and Innoviva, have announced that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has approved Relvar Ellipta (fluticasone furoate / vilanterol 100/25 mcg) for the relief of various symptoms with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (chronic bronchitis, pulmonary emphysema) (in the case where concurrent use of inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting inhaled beta2 agonist is required).
Relvar is a combination of the inhaled corticosteroid (ICS), fluticasone furoate ‘FF’, and the long-acting beta2 agonist (LABA), vilanterol ‘VI’.
The approved dose of FF/VI in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is 100/25 mcg administered once-daily using the Ellipta dry powder inhaler (DPI). Relvar Ellipta has been approved in Japan for the treatment of asthma since 2013 in two strengths – 100/25 mcg and 200/25 mcg.
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