New data examines effect of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) on survival in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
The findings of a retrospective database study examining the effect of inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) on survival in COPD patients1 were presented today at the American College of Chest Physicians CHEST 2002 Annual Conference in San Diego.
The investigators identified male and female patients, ages 40 and older, who were enrolled in the Lovelace and Kaiser Permanente-Georgia health plans during 1995 to 2000 and who had a diagnosis of COPD. In total, 1,685 patients were identified: the ’exposed groups’ consisted of patients who had 90 days or more use of ICS (n= 786), ICS plus salmeterol (n=332) or salmeterol without ICS (n=170); the reference, or ’unexposed,’ group (n=397) were patients who had not used ICS or a long-acting beta2-agonist but had been exposed to another respiratory drug for 90 days or more.
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