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Azithromycin reduces COPD exacerbations

KEY POINT

In patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), adding a daily dose of azithromycin to usual treatment decreased the frequency of exacerbations and improved quality of life.

SOURCES

Albert RK et al. Azithromycin for prevention of exacerbations of COPD. N Engl J Med. 2011;365:689–98.

Siafakas NM. Preventing exacerbations of COPD—advice from Hippocrates [editorial]. N Engl J Med. 2011;365:753–4.