Call to stop prescribing 'killer' asthma inhalers

Salbutamol 'as needed' is effectively medical negligence, says respiratory specialist

Salbutamol as needed is a “killer” and prescribing it for adult asthma equates to medical negligence, a leading European respiratory specialist says, as doctors brace themselves for a somersault in best practice.

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Professor Andrew Bush, from the UK’s National Heart and Lung Institute, says “lives would be saved” if short-acting beta-2 agonists (SABAs) were banned from sale worldwide.

In a Lancet Respiratory Medicine commentary, he says that axeing SABAs would force patients with mild asthma on to combination inhaled corticosterioid-long-acting beta-agonist (ICS-LABA)

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