When I heard the news today that there’s a new drug in the pipeline for severe asthma, I about fell out of my chair. When you hear one of the world’s most respected asthma researchers proclaiming that this new drug is a “game changer”, you can’t help but feel a little more optimistic about the future.
This is the first time in 58 years of living with this disease, that I actually feel excited about a new medication. Other than the re-formulation of a few bronchodilators, the mainstay of severe asthma treatment in the last 5O years has pretty much been steroids. Anti Leukotriene drugs like Singulair and the outrageously expensive anti IgE med Xolair came out a few years ago, but those medications are usually only effective in allergic type asthma. Dupilumab works in a totally different way.
Thank you Dr Sally Wenzel, Dr Gianluca Pirozzi, the folks at Sanofi , and everyone else involved in the study for giving us some real hope.