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European Regulator Recommends Approving GSK Injectable Asthma Drug

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A British Airways airplane flies past a signage for pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) in London April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

(Reuters) - GlaxoSmithKline Plc said the European health regulator had recommended approving its injectable drug to treat asthma patients who don't respond well to traditional inhalers.

The European Commission is expected to decide on a final approval for the drug before the end of 2015.

The European Medicines Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use gives its recommendations for marketing approval to drugs to the European Commission.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is expected to give its decision on the drug, mepolizumab, by Nov. 4.