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Anoro Ellipta

(trade name)


Therapeutic: bronchodilators
Pharmacologic: anticholinergics
Pregnancy Category: C


Maintenance management of airflow obstruction in patients with COPD.


Umeclidinium— acts as an anticholinergic by inhibiting M3 muscarinic receptors in bronchial smooth muscle resulting in bronchodilation; vilanterol— a beta2-adrergic agonist stimulates adenyl cyclase, resulting in accumulation of cyclic adenosine monophosphate at beta2—adrenergic receptors resulting in bronchodilation.

Therapeutic effects

Bronchodilation with decreased airflow obstruction.


Absorption: Umeclidinium—minimal oral absorption; remainder of absorption occurs in lungs; vilanterol—minimal oral absorption; remainder of absorption occurs in lungs. Total amount of systemic absorption of both drugs is small.
Distribution: Unknown.
Metabolism and Excretion: Umeclidinium—primarily metabolized by CYP2D6, metabolites do not contribute to bronchodilation; vilanterol—primarily metabolized by CYP3A4, metabolites do not contribute to bronchodilation.
Half-life: Umeclidinium—11 hr; vilanterol—11 hr.

Time/action profile (bronchodilation)

umeclidinium —Inhaln unknown2–4 hr24 hr
vilanterol—Inhalnunknown2–4 hr24 hr


Contraindicated in: Severe/acute symptoms of airflow obstruction; Severe hypersensitivity to milk proteins or other ingredients;Concurrent use with other anticholinergics; Lactation: Discontinue drug or discontinue breastfeeding.
Use Cautiously in: Concurrent use with strong inhibitors of CYP3A4 (↑ risk of cardiovascular adverse reactions); Narrow-angle glaucoma (may cause acute angle closure);History of seizures;Thyrotoxicosis;History of cardiovascular disorders (coronary insufficiency, arrhythmias, hypertension;Urinary retention, prostatic hyperplasia, bladder-neck obstruction);Severe hepatic impairment; Geriatric: Elderly patients may be more sensitive to drug effects; Obstetric: Use during pregnancy only if potential benefit justifies potential fetal risk; Pediatric: Safe and effective use in children has not been established.
Exercise Extreme Caution in: Concurrent use with MAOIs or tricyclic antidepressants (↑ risk of adverse cardiovascular reactions from vilanterol).

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects


Central nervous system

  • headache
  • vertigo


  • cough
  • pharyngitis
  • sinusitis


  • chest pain
  • pleuritic pain


  • abdominal pain
  • nausea


  • arthralgia
  • back pain
  • extremity pain
  • muscle spasms
  • neck pain


  • hypersensitivity reactions
  • tooth pain

Ear, Eye, Nose, Throat

  • acute narrow-angle glaucoma


  • paradoxical bronchospasm (life-threatening)


  • chest pain


  • urinary retention


  • arrhythmias
  • ECG changes
  • hypertension


  • hyperglycemia

Fluid and Electrolyte

  • hypokalemia


  • asthma-related death (life-threatening)


Drug-Drug interaction

↑ risk of adverse anticholinergic adverse reactions when used concurrently with other anticholinergics (avoid concurrent use).Concurrent use with MAOIs or tricyclic antidepressants ↑ risk of adverse cardiovascular reactions from vilanterol (use with extreme caution). Concurrent use with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors including ketoconazole may ↑ risk of adverse cardiovascular effects (use cautiously). Concurrent use with non-potassium sparing diuretics may ↑ risk of hypokalemia and adverse cardiovascular reactions (use cautiously). Concurrent use withbeta blockers may ↓ effectiveness and cause severe bronchospasm (use cautiously). Should not be used concurrently with any other long-acting beta2-adrenergic blockers.


Inhalation (Adults) One inhalation (umeclidinium 62.5 mcg/vilanterol 25 mcg) once daily.


Inhalation powder (contains lactose): umeclidinium 62.5 mcg/vilanterol 25 mcg in a two-strip blister per dose

Nursing implications

Nursing assessment

  • Assess lung sounds, pulse, and BP before administration and periodically during therapy.
  • Observe for paradoxical bronchospasm (wheezing, dyspnea, tightness in chest) and hypersensitivity reaction (rash; urticaria; swelling of the face, lips, or eyelids). If condition occurs, discontinue medication, notify health care professional immediately, and treat symptomatically.
  • Assess for signs and symptoms of acute narrow-angle glaucoma (eye pain or discomfort, blurred vision, visual halos or colored images in association with red eyes from conjunctival congestion and corneal edema). Notify health care professional immediately if symptoms occur.
  • Lab Test Considerations: May cause hypokelamia and hyperglycemia.

Potential Nursing Diagnoses

Ineffective airway clearance (Indications)
Activity intolerance


  • See for administration of inhalation medications. Once removed from foil tray, discard inhaler when counter reads 0 or 6 wk have passed, whichever comes first. Inhaler is not reusable; do not attempt to take inhaler apart.
    • When umeclidinium/vilanterol is administered concurrently with other inhalation medications, administer short-acting adrenergic bronchodilators first, followed by umeclidinium/vilanterol, then corticosteroids. Wait 5 min between medications.

Patient/Family Teaching

  • Instruct patient in proper use of inhaler and to take medication at the same time each day as directed. Do not stop without consulting health care professional. Take missed doses as soon as remembered during day. Do not double doses or take 2 doses in 1 day. Advise patient to read Medication Guide and Instructions for Use before starting therapy and with each Rx refill in case of changes.
  • Instruct patient using never to exhale into inhaler device and always to hold device in a level horizontal position. Mouthpiece should be kept dry; never wash.
  • Caution patient not to use umeclidinium/vilanterol to treat asthma or acute symptoms. A rapid-acting inhaled beta-adrenergic bronchodilator should be used for relief of acute attacks.
  • Advise patient to notify health care professional immediately if difficulty in breathing persists after use of umeclidinium/vilanterol, if condition worsens, or if more inhalations of rapid-acting bronchodilator than usual are needed to relieve an acute attack.
  • Advise patient to notify health care professional if signs and symptoms of urinary retention (difficulty urinating, painful urination, urinating frequently, urination in a weak stream or drips) or palpitations, chest pain, rapid heart rate, tremor, or nervousness occur
  • Advise patient to notify health care professional of all Rx or OTC medications, vitamins, or herbal products being taken and to consult with health care professional before taking other medications.
  • Advise female patient to notify health care professional if pregnancy is planned or suspected or if breastfeeding.
  • Emphasize the importance of regular follow-up exams to determine progress during therapy.

Evaluation/Desired Outcomes

  • Decreased dyspnea
    • Improved breath sounds in patients with COPD.
References in periodicals archive ?
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M2 PHARMA-November 3, 2017-GlaxoSmithKline indicates Anoro Ellipta to be more effective than Stiolto Respimat in improving lung function
today announced positive data from a study comparing a once-daily long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) and a long-acting beta agonist (LABA) fixed-dose combination, Anoro Ellipta (umeclidinium/vilanterol 62.
Aguiar, chief executive officer, and will lead Theravance's growth strategy and corporate development initiatives beyond the company's existing respiratory portfolio of RELVAR/BREO ELLIPTA and ANORO ELLIPTA.
Within e Journal North 40, shares in GLAXOSMITHKLINE traded lower despite news that the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare has approved Anoro Ellipta, a drug which GLAXOSMITHKLINE produces, in order to relieve airway obstruction.
including Relvar/Breo Ellipta and Anoro Ellipta, which were jointly developed by Innoviva and GSK.
Exploratory data for GSKs dual bronchodilator treatment for COPD, Anoro Ellipta (umeclidinium/vilanterol, UMEC/VI), investigates the risk of experiencing clinically important deteriorations in COPD, following an escalation of treatment from single bronchodilator tiotropium to UMEC/VI.
In the new positions, Faerm will oversee the company's growth strategy and corporate development initiatives beyond its existing respiratory portfolio of RELVAR/BREO ELLIPTA and ANORO ELLIPTA, reporting directly to its CEO Michael W.
today announced data presented by GSK at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress (poster PA1001), from an exploratory post-hoc analysis of phase III data, which showed that patients with moderate-to-severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who received Anoro Ellipta (UMEC/VI 62.
Healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (LSE:GSK) (NYSE:GSK) and Theravance (NASDAQ:THRX) Monday jointly announced the receipt of approval from the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) for Anoro Ellipta (umeclidinium/vilanterol) for the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD).
The first, larger study in the phase III programme, known as IMPACT, started in July 2014 to assess whether FF/UMEC/VI can reduce the rate of moderate and severe exacerbations compared with two approved once-daily COPD treatments, Relvar/Breo Ellipta (FF/VI), an ICS/LABA combination, and Anoro Ellipta (UMEC/VI), a LAMA/LABA combination.
In the new role, Abercrombie will work closely with the company's partners to achieve optimal results from the commercialisation of the assets, focus on the global launches of RELVAR/BREO ELLIPTA and ANORO ELLIPTA and other ongoing respiratory development activities, reporting directly to its CEO Rick E Winningham.