Combination inhalers face tighter restrictions

Recommendation follows concerns doctors are not following prescribing guidelines

Prescriptions for fixed-dose combination inhalers to treat asthma and COPD may soon require streamlined authority codes.

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The RACGP says it has received a letter from the PBAC recommending the change for fixed-dose combinations of inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting beta agonists (ICS/LABA).

The recommendation follows concerns that doctors are not following prescribing guidelines for asthma and COPD medications.

A NSW study, reported in Australian Doctor in April, found thousands of children with asthma were being inappropriately prescribed the combination

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