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PRAC reviews known risk of pneumonia with inhaled corticosteroids for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Review finds no differences in this risk between products

EMA’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has reviewed the known risk of pneumonia (infection of the lungs) with inhaled corticosteroid-containing medicines when used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a long-term disease of the lungs in which the airways and air sacs in the lungs become damaged or blocked, leading to breathing difficulties. Corticosteroids are widely used in the European Union (EU) to treat COPD and are usually taken by inhalation using an inhaler device.

An update of the product information is being recommended to adequately reflect the current knowledge. There is no change to the way these medicines should be used; however, doctors and patients should be vigilant for signs and symptoms of pneumonia in patients with COPD as the clinical features of pneumonia overlap with those of exacerbations of the underlying disease.

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Inhaled corticosteroids containing medicinal products indicated in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease