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Pediatric asthma pharmacotherapy has two main goals: to address underlying airway inflammation and to promote bronchodilation. Physicians use two types of therapy to achieve these goals—maintenance therapy (e.g., a LABA/ICS, such as GSK’s Advair or AstraZeneca’s Symbicort) and rescue therapy (e.g., a SABA, such as albuterol)—and most pediatric asthma patients receive more than one drug to treat their condition. Maintenance and rescue therapy for pediatric asthma consists of established agents; however, the first branded-generic LABA/ICS FDC (Teva’s AirDuo and its generic), the first LAMA (BI’s Spiriva), and several novel biologics (e.g., GSK’s Nucala) were recently added to the arsenal of drugs to treat pediatric asthma. The availability of these and other agents will expand physicians’ choice of treatments and fuel increasing competition in the asthma therapy market.
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Shubhendu Ghosh, is a Business Insights Analyst on the Immune and Inflammatory Disorders team at Decision Resources Group, with a primary focus on asthma. Prior to joining DRG, Shubhendu was an Associate Editor at Nature Structural & Molecular Biology and a Copy Editor at Nature Medicine. He was also a Scientific and Developmental Editor at Nature Research Editing Service. Shubhendu received his in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Massachusetts Medical School after completing a B. Sc. in Microbiology from Delhi University and an M. Sc. In Biotechnology from Madurai Kamaraj University.