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Letter in response to Tashkin et al: limited generalisability of uplift findings to clinical practice

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  • Contributors SW and JF undertook the data collection that was analysed by MW. All authors contributed to both the drafting of the manuscript and this letter.

  • Competing interests RB has been a member of the GlaxoSmithKline (NZ) advisory board, consulted for Cytos Biotechnology and Pharmaxis, received research grants from AstraZeneca, Cephalon, Chiesi, Genentech, GlaxoSmithKline and Novartis, and payment for lectures or support to attend meetings from Boehringer Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis, Nycomed and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals. JF has received payment for lectures or support to attend meetings from AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim and Novartis. SW and MW have no competing interests to declare.

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

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    D P Tashkin N Metzdorf C Hallmann I Leimer T Lee M Decramer