Pharmaceutisch Weekblad

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 221–223 | Cite as

Future developments in the pharmacotherapy of lung disease

  • A. Van der Kuy
Drugs in the Pipeline


Future advances in the pharmacotherapy of lung disease will occur mainly in the treatment of asthma, and will include the development of new long-actingβ2-agonists, long-acting parasympatholytics, phosphodiesterase inhibitors, corticosteroids with fewer systemic side-effects, and other antiinflammatory drugs. Free radicals play an important role in most lung diseases, including asthma, emphysema, fibrosis, and adult respiratory distress syndrome. The search for free radical scavengers is now in progress. Replacement therapy with α1-antitrypsin and surfactant is now possible. Progress in this area stems principally from a better understanding of the pathogenesis of lung disease.


β2-Agonists, long-acting α1-Antitrypsin, deficiency Corticosteroids Free radical scavengers Parasympatholytics, long-acting Phosphodiesterase inhibitors Surfactant 


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© Royal Dutch Association for Advancement of Pharmacy 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Van der Kuy
    • 1
  1. 1.Hospital Pharmacy Midden-BrabantLA Tilburgthe Netherlands

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