Nonadherence to Asthma Medications During Pregnancy

Published Online: Monday, November 12, 2012
Follow Pharmacy_Times:
According to a study published on October 15, 2012, by the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, women are likely to change their asthma medication and dosage during the first trimester of pregnancy.

The study collected information on 25,709 pregnancies from a pregnancy database in the northern Netherlands. Researchers followed study participants throughout their pregnancy and 6 months after birth. Participants received at least 1 prescription for asthma medications during the study period and researchers documented all prescription and medication information.

From 2004 to 2009, the study found a significant decrease in prescriptions for asthma medications during the first months of pregnancy compared with prescriptions before pregnancy. This decrease in medication was especially prevalent in patients with prescriptions for long-acting bronchodilators. Prescriptions for controller therapies were reduced by 30% during the first months of pregnancy.

The study concludes that many women stop or reduce their asthma medications when they become pregnant. However, researchers claim that controlling asthma during pregnancy is important and suggest that methods to safely and effectively control asthma during pregnancy are needed


Related Articles
Clinical guidelines and government agencies are increasingly encouraging clinicians to consider patients’ treatment preferences when chronic disease is present.
AstraZeneca and Abbott are teaming up to develop companion diagnostic blood tests that will identify patients with severe asthma who would benefit most from biological tralokinumab therapy.
Asthma controller medications are underused in neighborhoods with high rates of asthma-related emergency room use and hospitalization, but pharmacists are in a prime position to correct it.
Elevating the upper bodies of women who recently gave birth may help improve their respiratory safety.
Latest Issues
  • photo
    Pharmacy Times
    photo
    Health-System Edition
    photo
    Directions in Pharmacy
    photo
    OTC Guide
    photo
    Generic Supplements
  • photo
    Pharmacy Careers
    photo
    Specialty Pharmacy Times
    photo
    Generic
$auto_registration$