Inhaler scripts often ‘inappropriate’

Inhaled corticosteroids are being inappropriately prescribed to patients without chronic respiratory disease, Australian primary care research suggests.

A study of concession cardholders who received inhaled corticosteroids in 2008 found just over half of those given a ‘one-off' course were not prescribed any other respiratory medicine in the six months before or after.

Oral antibiotics were dispensed within seven days for 43.6% of people, with a