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BI breathes easy after Spiriva trumps LABAs in old school German HTA

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Boehringer Ingelheim's top selling drug, Spiriva (tiotropium) offers additional benefit compared to placebo and long-acting beta-2 agonists (LABAs), says a report from IQWiG, Germany's Institute of Quality and Efficiency in Healthcare. The findings mark a more positive endorsement of the drug than the institute's previous report published in November, which concluded that Spiriva offered additional benefit in comparison only to one LABA, salmeterol.

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