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New York AG asks FDA to double down on warnings, discourage prescription for asthma drug

New York AG asks FDA to double down on warnings, discourage prescription for asthma drug

The New York attorney general’s office is asking the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to double down on its warnings and discourage the use of an asthma drug. “The New York Office of the Attorney General writes to encourage the FDA to address the dangers of montelukast, particularly to the most vulnerable population—minor children—and protect […]

A dispute over a common asthma drug leaves patients caught in the middle

A dispute over a common asthma drug leaves patients caught in the middle

The most common asthma inhaler for children was discontinued at the start of this year, forcing parents and pediatricians to scramble to switch to an alternative.   But more than a month later, the situation has not improved, and families remain caught in the middle of a fight between a drug company and pharmacy benefit managers […]

Baldwin calls on drug companies to stop gaming patents for asthma inhalers

Baldwin calls on drug companies to stop gaming patents for asthma inhalers

Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) is demanding the four largest manufacturers of inhalers stop improperly listing patents in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) database, a practice that can delay lower-cost generics from coming to market. In letters sent Monday to AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Teva, Baldwin called on the companies to remove their […]

Shortage of asthma drug albuterol worsens amid factory closures

Shortage of asthma drug albuterol worsens amid factory closures

(NewsNation) — A common asthma drug is in short supply after one of the last major manufacturers shut down operations. Albuterol is used to treat asthma, along with conditions like Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which surged earlier in the year. The drug is one of the most commonly prescribed in the U.S. and it’s been […]

'Smart Inhalers' May Help Diagnose and Treat Asthma – If Used

'Smart Inhalers' May Help Diagnose and Treat Asthma – If Used

May 31, 2022 – After years going on and off medications for occasional asthma symptoms, things went downhill for Brian Blome in November 2020. The retired carpenter started feeling short of breath and wheezing during bike rides. At home, he struggled with chores. “I was having a hard time climbing a flight of stairs, just […]

'Zapping' Air Passages May Bring Relief for Severe Asthma

'Zapping' Air Passages May Bring Relief for Severe Asthma

FRIDAY, March 18, 2022 (HealthDay News) — Inhalers, pills or injections help most people control their asthma, but some with severe disease opt for cutting-edge surgery that “remodels” their airways to improve their breathing. Bronchial thermoplasty shrinks smooth muscle in the lungs, which prevents them from tightening up and causing an attack. The U.S. Food […]