GlaxoSmithKline seeks U.S. approval for triple lung drug

GlaxoSmithKline said on Monday it had filed its new three-in-one inhaled lung drug for U.S. approval, putting it on track to reach the market ahead of rivals in 2017, assuming it wins a green light.

Britain’s biggest drugmaker is vying with competitors including AstraZeneca and Novartis to develop so-called “closed triple” therapies, offering a single inhaler for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

GSK is currently facing falling sales of its older dual therapy inhaler Advair and views the triple as a big opportunity. Outgoing Chief Executive Andrew Witty has said it could be an “absolute clincher” for its respiratory business.

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