New treatments for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Curr Opin Pharmacol. 2001 Jun;1(3):217-22. doi: 10.1016/s1471-4892(01)00039-x.


No currently available drugs prevent the progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Several new drugs are now in development that may affect the underlying inflammatory and destructive processes in this increasingly common disease.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Administration, Inhalation
  • Animals
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal / therapeutic use
  • Bronchodilator Agents / administration & dosage
  • Bronchodilator Agents / therapeutic use
  • Humans
  • Inflammation Mediators / therapeutic use
  • Protease Inhibitors / therapeutic use
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / drug therapy
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / therapy*
  • Smoking Cessation


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents, Non-Steroidal
  • Bronchodilator Agents
  • Inflammation Mediators
  • Protease Inhibitors