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Investing in COPD: biologics or smoking cessation and pulmonary rehabilitation?
  1. Jo Congleton
  1. Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Brighton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jo Congleton, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Brighton, UK; jo.congleton{at}

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Anti-eosinophil and anti-IgE monoclonal antibodies (biologics) now have an established place in managing poorly controlled eosinophilic asthma—though there remains a need to improve access for eligible patients.1 In July 2023, the New England Journal of Medicine published the results of a randomised placebo-controlled trial of the monoclonal antibody dupilumab in 939 people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a blood eosinophil count of 0.3 x 109/L, a high exacerbation rate (mean rate 2.3/year) and who were using triple inhaled therapy.2 The trial reported a lower rate of moderate or severe exacerbations in the dupilumab group (0.78/year vs 1.1/year), most of which was due to a reduction in moderate exacerbations. Dupilumab is not yet licensed in the UK for COPD, but given the large number of people with COPD and the negative …

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