Dr. Richard Hoffmann, Ask the Pharmacist, 12/25/12

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Inhaler treats chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

By Richard Hoffmann

Q: I heard about a new inhaled medication for treating chronic bronchitis and emphysema. What can you tell me about it?

A: Chronic bronchitis and emphysema are also known as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. People with chronic bronchitis have a persistent cough that produces sputum and is caused by inflammation in the airways.

There is also scarring and swelling of the airways along with smooth muscle contraction or bronchospasm.

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