OTC asthma inhalers with CFCs will not be available after 2011

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has announced that over-the-counter (OTC) asthma inhalers containing chloroflouorocarbons (CFCs) will no longer be made or sold after...

Breastfeeding may prevent childhood asthma symptoms

A study in the European Respiratory Journal found that compared to children who were breastfed for 6 months , those who weren’t breastfed or...

Antibiotic prescriptions more common in children on asthma drugs

Children who take an asthma drug are more likely to be prescribed an antibiotic according to a study in Pediatrics. The authors state that...

Study finds LTRA as effective as inhaled steroids in first-line asthma management

A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that treatment with a leukotriene-receptor antagonist (LTRA) was as effective as inhaled glucocorticoid therapy...

Keeping asthma at bay

NIH has updated its guidelines on asthma diagnosis and treatment. Learn how to help your asthma patients lead fuller lives.

FDA approves new device for asthma

On April 27, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the first medical device that uses radiofrequency energy to treat severe and persistent asthma...

USDA new safety requirements for beta-agonists

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has new safety requirements for long-acting beta-agonists used to treat asthma. Read the requirements at,/p>

Take Note – Sept/Oct 2009

Patients lose when nurse staffing is insufficient Heavy workloads and insufficient staffing affect patient care, according to about 2,000 nurses surveyed worldwide by the International...

Teachable moments: Asthma education in the ED

Using a "teachable moments" model, emergency department staff cacn teach patients now to manage their asthma.

Drugs today – May 2009

An update of drug news, including alerts, approvals and removals.

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