July 13, 2018
We’ve been managing asthma, for the most part, the same way for quite some time now … short-acting beta agonist (SABA) for quick relief, inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) as first-line maintenance treatment, step up if needed, step down if possible … plus self-management education and a written asthma action plan. Despite many treatment options, numerous adults, adolescents, and children still suffer from asthma exacerbations, leading to reduced quality of life, missed work and school, higher costs, and increased asthma-related morbidity and mortality. Exacerbations can be triggered by acute respiratory infections, exposure to allergens and other environmental conditions, and poor medication use behaviors. Regardless of cause, finding ways to reduce or prevent exacerbations should be a priority.
Guest Author: Kristen A. Pate, Pharm.D., BCACP
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November 26, 2017
Despite good adherence to high-dose inhaled corticosteroids (ICS) and concomitant long-acting beta agonists (LABA), millions of people with asthma continue to experience exacerbations. What more can patients and clinicians do to reduce the risk of exacerbations? Does the routine use of antibiotics reduce the frequency of exacerbations? This is the question the recently published AMAZES study attempted to answer.
Guest Authors: Michael Nagy, Pharm.D. and Ashley Crowl, Pharm.D.
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August 24, 2015
To treat acute asthma exacerbations in children,
how about a single dose of dexamethasone and your done! Sounds simple, easy, and convenient. But is it too good to be true?
March 9, 2015
Can deploying trained laypeople working directly with low income adults with asthma in the community improve outcomes? This is what the Home-Based Asthma Support and Education (HomeBASE) trial set out to answer.