Asthma Maintenance: An Update on New Medications

Erin N. Adams, PharmD; Alla Marks, PharmD, MBA

Disclosures

US Pharmacist. 2010;35(7):1-5. 

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Abstract and Introduction

Introduction

Uncontrolled asthma has been responsible for 1.8 million emergency department (ED) visits and almost 500,000 hospitalizations in the United States in 2004 alone.[1,2] Furthermore, in 2006, the number of physician office, hospital outpatient, and ED visits with asthma as the primary diagnosis was 13.3 million.[3] During the last seven years, three asthma maintenance medications have been approved and marketed: ciclesonide (Alvesco), budesonide/formoterol (Symbicort), and omalizumab (Xolair). This article will systematically review the safety, tolerability, efficacy, price, simplicity of use, and some of the major published studies of the newest treatment regimens for asthma maintenance.[4]

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