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COPDCOPD and Hospitalization: Undefeated!

Mohsen Sadatsafavi, MD, PhD; Don D. Sin, MD, FCCP
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From the Division of Respiratory Medicine (Drs Sadatsafavi and Sin), University of British Columbia; and the Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluation (Dr Sadatsafavi), and the James Hogg Research Centre (Dr Sin), St. Paul’s Hospital.

CORRESPONDENCE TO: Don D. Sin, MD, FCCP, Room 8446, St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1Y6, Canada; e-mail: don.sin@hli.ubc.ca


FINANCIAL/NONFINANCIAL DISCLOSURES: The authors have reported to CHEST the following conflicts: Dr Sin has received honoraria for speaking engagements from drug companies including AstraZeneca, Merck & Co, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited, and Grifols; has received investigator-initiated grants from AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim GmbH, and Grifols; and has sat on scientific advisory boards of Almirall and AstraZeneca. Dr Sadatsafavi reports no potential conflicts of interest with any companies/organizations whose productions or services may be discussed in this article.

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Chest. 2015;147(4):868-869. doi:10.1378/chest.14-2979
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In 1968, the Phillip Morris Company launched a memorable campaign to sell its cigarettes, Virginia Slims, using a catchy slogan: “You’ve come a long way, baby,” which led to a massive increase in sales of cigarettes, especially among women, and launched the modern epidemic of COPD in the United States. Today, there are > 12.7 million Americans with COPD, and nearly 140,000 Americans succumb to this disease every year.1 Over the past 2 decades, there has been a concerted effort to find new therapeutic solutions to address the growing burden of COPD. How have we done?

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