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Response to: Should we give long-term macrolide therapy for COPD?
  1. Richard K Albert
  1. Correspondence to Dr Richard K Albert, Department of Medicine, Denver Health, 777 Bannock MC 4000, Denver, CO 80204-4507, USA; ralbert{at}

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The letter submitted by Crosbie and Woodhead1 pertaining to our study of azithromycin for prevention of acute chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations2 contains a number of errors and misconceptions.

First, Crosbie and Woodhead stated that our study was not double-blind. The complete protocol (published as an on-line supplement to the manuscript) indicated that ‘This is a prospective, randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial…’.1

Second, while Crosbie and Woodhead correctly note that …

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  • Funding This work was supported by National Heart Lung and Blood Institute grant number NHLBI 1 U10 HL074409-01. Supported conduct of study.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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