PBS restrictions advised for combination inhalers

PBS restrictions are needed to curb widespread inappropriate  prescribing of combination inhalers for children with asthma, a government review has concluded.

Changes are needed to ensure that combination inhalers containing inhaled steroids and long acting beta agonists are only used as second-line therapy in children with more severe asthma that has not been controlled by inhaled steroids, according to the Post Market Review of PBS Medicines Used to Treat Asthma in Children.

In a draft