In my spare time I study COPD on an academic level. I have read 100's of reaserch papers and reports regarding the disease and I must say I am terribly dissapointed.
Both with the reaserch into the disease. The drugs for COPD as you are aware do nothing to treat the actual disease itself. Effectively its like someone having Acne and being given make up to cover it up, not treat the underlying skin problem. The drugs that treat ONLY the symptoms of COPD have not really changed in 30 years although the pharmaceutical companies every couple of years announce a new treatment. ITs not ! its the old treat for symptoms ONLY tweaked. The drugs we all take are either LAMA OR LABA or Combo's off both which open up our airways and are long acting bronchodilators of 12 hours or 24 hours respectively.
I am sorry to say, I see no research going on in different areas that will lead to a cure ie: looking a turning off the inflamation process to stop the destruction of the Aveoli, looking at the stem cells that are damaged in the large and small airways during the process. From a pharmaceutical perspective the reason is that COPD is the second most expsensive illness to treat with the multitude of drugs we all need. Why would they want to cure the Money machine ???
The BLF which do a great job and support us all, again looking at the research they have given grants for all relate to treating the symptoms and not a cure. I will point out I am not mocking, just mearley stating my observations.
We all hope for the future, some medical breakthrough will happen, but other than tweaking the old sympton relieving drugs for the last 30 years nothing has happend to date.
More pressure needs to be placed in the appropriate areas in order for us all to have a glimmer of hope in living with this horrible illness.
Sorry if I have upset or offended anyone as I know thing of late on here have not been a party but, I had to get this of my chest (no pun intended)