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Despite Cost and Coverage Constraints, Physicians Manage to Prescribe LABA and LAMA Regimens in Combination for COPD, According to Findings from Decision Resources Group
BURLINGTON, Mass., Aug. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Decision Resources Group finds that, for the treatment of COPD, physicians in Brazil and Mexico manage to follow clinical guidelines and commonly prescribe long-acting beta-agonist (LABA)- and long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA)- containing regimens, although they do so within current severe cost/coverage constraints. Therefore, new brands of LABA/LAMA fixed-dose combinations (FDCs) that are expected to launch in these countries-which will considerably expand the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) market-will compete with well-established marketed therapies, especially the twice-daily LABA/ inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) FDCs. New LABA/LAMA FDCs will also compete with recently launched once-daily Relvar/Relvare (GlaxoSmithKline/Theravance). According to payers, improvements in dosing and delivery of new FDCs of current drugs/drug classes are important but may not be enough to justify a premium price over comparator drugs or its separate components.
Other key findings from the Emerging Markets Physician and Payer Forum report entitled Positioning of Current and Emerging Agents for COPD: Physician and Payer Perspectives on the Prescribing and Patient Access Landscape in Brazil and Mexico include:
Comments from Decision Resources Group Director Andreia Ribeiro, Ph.D.:
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