Patterns in Utilization of Long-Acting Inhaled Drugs for the Treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


Project Status:
In Progress
Project Line:
Health Technology Review
Project Sub Line:
Technology Review
Project Number:
HC0086 -000

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by progressive airway obstruction, lung inflammation, limited expiratory flow with subsequent lung hyperinflation, and increasing frequency and severity of exacerbations. Standard maintenance pharmacotherapy for COPD aims to improve symptoms and quality of life while preventing harmful exacerbations. Treatment comprises various combinations of bronchodilators (long-acting beta2-agonists and long-acting muscarinic antagonists) and inhaled corticosteroids. A drug utilization study is being prepared to understand the prescription patterns of COPD drugs across Canada and determine if they align with drug program policies and clinical practice guidelines.

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