Call to remove inhaler restrictions

The PBS initiated a review of asthma medication on discovering 40% of children prescribed a fixed-dose combination (FDC) product of inhaled long-acting beta-agonists (LABAs) and inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) had not first been prescribed a single ingredient ICS.

The National Asthma Council (NAC) guidelines recommend reserving the addition of LABAs for children aged five years or older with asthma that is not adequately controlled by 200–250µg per day of fluticasone or equivalent doses of other inhaled corticosteroids.

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