TGA approves combination inhaler for mild asthma

The new indication could signal another blow for SABAs

Budesonide/formoterol is now indicated for asthma of any severity, the TGA has announced, in the latest sign that as-needed reliever-preventer therapy could usurp the role of short-acting beta-agonists (SABAs).

Asthma combo inhaler

Earlier this year, an international study suggested that adults with mild asthma who used the combined ICS-LABA inhaler as needed had fewer severe exacerbations than those on either salbutamol alone or those prescribed daily