Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and Ashfield Healthcare have launched a new and free COPD patient support program called Stiolto Promise.

To facilitate the program, Ashfield Healthcare will hire and train 38 respiratory therapists and nurses, and manage all at-home visits and post-visit assessments. The online-based Eagle Pharmacy will process the new Stiolto Respimat prescriptions and arrange free delivery of the 30-day supply.

Already, 1,000 participants are enrolled and many more are expected to sign up, according to Clare Burrows, Boehringer Ingelheim’s vice president of respiratory marketing, in a press release.

“For any treatment to be effective, it is important to start off on the right footing, and for COPD, we know this means understanding the disease, how to properly take their medicine, and initiating pulmonary exercises and other lifestyle behaviors that complement prescription medicine treatment. We designed the ‘Stiolto Promise’ to support these goals,” Burrows said.

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