FLAME Shoots LABA/LAMA Combos Up To First Choice In COPD
At the American Thoracic Society annual meeting, science committee chair says change in COPD treatment guidelines to favor LABA/LAMA as preferred option will be considered soon.
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Part 2: High costs are built into the rare disease business model. Participants at a roundtable discussion led by Scrip at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference talked about how much they are feeling the pressure on pricing.