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Medco Study: Despite FDA Warnings, Nearly One-Third of Asthma Patients Still Treated with Long-Acting Beta Agonists Without Controller Medications, Increasing Their Risk for Complications and Hospitalizations
Date:5/11/2010

h as an allergist or pulmonologist, were found to be using LABA monotherapy, as many as 37 percent of patients treated by a general practitioner were taking the medication alone.  Among different age groups, 19 percent of patients under the age of 12, 38 percent of patients between the ages of 12-17, 35 percent of patients between the ages of 18-45 and 28 percent of patients older than 45 were being treated with LABA monotherapy.

"We know from previous studies that the vast majority of physicians are aware of FDA warnings for LABA monotherapy, yet our study shows they have either not  fully acted upon the warning by incorporating it into clinical practice or are not aware that their patients may not be filling their prescriptions for their controller medications," said Salmun.  "The fact that patients who were treated by a specialist were less likely to be on LABA monotherapy  demonstrates the need for greater educational efforts for general practitioners and their patients, as well as better coordinated efforts to identify patients using LABA monotherapy and alert physicians so they are aware of those patients at risk."

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