Asthma Patients Not Receiving Proper Medication

Published Online: Friday, October 1, 2004

Results of a study of 12,636 asthma patients visiting emergency departments determined that many physicians are not properly prescribing asthma medication. Physicians are focusing more on rescue medications such as short-acting beta-agonists (SABA) rather than controller medications. Asthma guidelines recommend inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) therapy for asthma control? only 25% of asthma patients received ICS in the year before visiting the emergency department. More than 80% of these patients received rescue medications. A third received an oral corticosteroid (OCS) while more than 50% received a SABA, according to a recent issue of Chest. After the emergency department visit, 26% of asthma patients received ICS therapy, 38% received SABA, and 42% received OCS therapy.

Latest Articles
James Schiffer, RPh, associate at Allegaert Berger & Vogel LLC, discusses some tips for pharmacists who are facing a Drug Enforcement Administration audit.
Carlos Aquino, founder and president of PharmaDiversion LLC, talks about the importance of the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) diversion website.
Having trouble getting your hands on FluMist?
Novartis is paying $390 million to settle charges that it paid kickbacks to pharmacies to encourage drug sales.
Latest Issues