FDA OKs New Once-Daily Asthma Treatment
By Michael W. Smith, MD
Aug. 21, 2014 -- The FDA has approved Arnuity Ellipta (fluticasone furoate inhalation powder), an inhaled steroid taken once a day to prevent asthma symptoms in people 12 and older, drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline says.
Arnuity Ellipta has been tested in more than 3,600 people with asthma, the company says in a statement. The most common side effects (reported in at least 5% of people) were upper respiratory tract infection, common cold, headache, and bronchitis.
Arnuity Ellipta helps prevent an asthma attack but doesn't treat it once it happens, so you still need your rescue inhaler.
Arnuity Ellipta should not be used if you have a severe milk allergy.
GlaxoSmithKline says more information, including a patient information leaflet, will be available soon on its web site.
With reporting by Megan Brooks, Medscape Medical News