Striverdi Respimat, the long acting, long term once daily beta agonist, olodaterol from Boeringer Ingelheim used for treating COPD or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and also includes patients of chronic bronchitis has been approved by the USFDA.

Curtis Rosebraugh, MD, MPH, director of the Office of Drug Evaluation II in the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, said in a statement, “The availability of this new long-term maintenance medication provides an additional treatment option for the millions of Americans who suffer with COPD.”

Approval for the long acting once daily beta agonist came in January 2013 from the FDA’s Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee. The FDA notes that Olodaterol was safely used in 3104 patients with COPD and improved lung functions were obtained as compared to placebo.

Common side effects which was associated with the use of the drug included nasopharyngitis, upper respiratory tract infection, bronchitis, cough, urinary tract infection, dizziness, rash, diarrhea, back pain, and arthralgia. Olodaterol like other long-acting beta-agonists carries a warning that it could increase the risk of asthma related fatality. The safety and efficacy of the drug in asthmatics has not been irrefutably established and therefore the drug is not recommended in Asthmatics.

FDA has forbidden the use of olodaterol as a rescue therapy in instances of acute bronchospasm. It is also contraindicated in patients with acutely deteriorating COPD and can lead to instances of narrowing and obstruction of the respiratory airway (paradoxical bronchospasm) and cardiovascular effects

COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States.

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