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Category list : Anti-asthmatic agents

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  • Why we need write access to patient summary care records Subscription

    26 AUG 2016 14:05 By Louise Laming, Graham Phillips

    A patient came into our pharmacy requesting an emergency supply of a salbutamol inhaler recently. He lives elsewhere but was working locally. We accessed his summary care record (SCR) and, to our surprise, discovered that he had not been prescribed anything since 2015. Before then, he was regularly prescribed beclomethasone and salbutamol inhalers. In addition, the surgery details he provided were incorrect.

  • Why we need an urgent rethink on prescribing short acting bronchodilators for asthma

    Why we must urgently rethink prescribing short-acting bronchodilators for asthma Subscription

    19 FEB 2020 11:03
    Comments (1)

    Guidelines from the Global Initiative for Asthma present a radical overhaul of the way we manage asthma; but our current approach isn’t working, and nothing will change if it is not challenged.

  • We need more investment in diagnostics for asthma Subscription

    9 MAY 2016 9:47 By Samantha Walker
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    Recent headlines in national media have declared that asthma is ‘overdiagnosed and trivialised’. But as I am sure your readers know, these news stories are masking a deeper issue: there is no simple diagnostic test for asthma. It is shocking that in the 21st century we still do not have a simple test to be able to tell if someone has asthma, a condition so ...

  • Young boy using an MDI asthma inhaler with a spacer

    Vitamin D reduces the rate of severe asthma attacks

    7 SEP 2016 16:19 By Kirsty Oswald
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    Vitamin D supplementation can reduce the risk of severe asthma attacks by over a third, a systematic review has found. 

  • Ventmax is out of stock Subscription

    25 FEB 2015 11:36

    Ventmax (salbutamol sulfate) SR capsules 8mg and 4mg are currently out of stock from Chiesi. All products are due back in stock by the end of May 2015. There are no alternative salbutamol slow-release preparations currently on the market.

  • Ventmax discontinued Subscription

    17 DEC 2015 15:40

    Ventmax (salbutamol; Chiesi) SR 4mg capsules are no longer in the supply chain and the expiry date of the last stock supplied was 30 November 2015. Ventmax SR 8mg capsules are also being discontinued.

  • Doctor teaches child how to use a salbutamol inhalers through a nebuliser

    UK schools can keep salbutamol inhalers to treat asthma attacks

    8 AUG 2014 15:00

    In a bid to reduce asthma deaths, schools in the UK will be able to keep salbutamol inhalers for pupils to use in an emergency when an amendment to the law comes into force in October 2014.

  • Woman using an asthma inhaler

    Triple-therapy inhaler improves lung function in adults with asthma Subscription

    4 OCT 2019 14:30 By Julia Robinson

    Combining three therapies into one inhaler improves lung function and reduces exacerbations in adults with uncontrolled asthma, researchers have concluded in a paper published in The Lancet.

  • Asthma injection

    Third biological treatment for severe asthma approved by NICE

    4 JAN 2019 15:05

    An injectable drug for patients who struggle to control their asthma with inhalers has been approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.

  • Female patient using an inhaler

    Study identifies most important inhaler technique errors that are linked to poor asthma outcomes

    23 MAR 2017 14:41 By Kirsty Oswald

    A study of 3,660 patients across eight countries has identified the types of inhaler technique errors that are associated with the greatest impact on asthma outcomes.

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