Study: Asthma Sufferers Not Using Meds

Fred Bodimer, KMOX Health & Religion Editor @FredBodimerKMOX

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — Many asthma sufferers are apparently not getting the proper medications.

A new study looking at asthma sufferers finds nearly half of children and adults with persistent asthma are not using controller medications. One of the study’s authors, Dr. Michael Blaiss, says taking controller medications is key to treatment.

“We studied a total of a thousand patients throughout the United States with all degrees of asthma severity and of those, about 490 were not on a controller medication,” said Blaiss, past president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

“The poor control of your asthma, the more likely that you will have significant asthma exacerbation, a higher rate of emergency room visits and a higher rate of hospitalization.”

The bottom line here, according to Blaiss is that “patients with uncontrolled disease have higher medical costs, they have poorer outcomes and they have a poorer quality of life.”

These results are published in the March issue of the scientific journal “Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.”

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  • Mark Fanger

    Well… put the blame on our Federal government, for the sake of “going green.” Maybe you need to look at the cost for inhalers. The FDA has said that patients who use epinephrine inhalers must switch to an inhaler that doesn’t contain chlorofluorocarbons, an ozone-eating aerosol once found in many spray products. The price of the new inhalers are at least double of the epinephrine inhalers. Once again… federal regulators on steriods.

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