Bisoprolol in COPD

The Bisoprolol in COPD study (BICS)

A study of the beta-blocker bisoprolol in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

With colleagues in over 100 General Practices and Hospitals around the UK we are carrying out research into COPD.  COPD is the term now used instead of chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema.  We are interested in finding out if the flare ups (exacerbations) of COPD can be prevented by a drug called bisoprolol that has been used for many years to treat heart problems. We are hoping to recruit people with COPD at risk of exacerbation to take part in a one year study of bisoprolol that involves up to seven assessment visits lasting less than an hour each. The first five assessments take place over a month or so and during these assessments we make sure that we get the right dose of bisoprolol for you. Travel expenses will be paid.

If you have the condition COPD and are interested in taking part and would like more information please contact Tina Goult or Janette Neeld at the practice by phoning them on 01354 661922.