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Doctors are not following the recommended asthma guidelines and are underprescribing controller medications while overprescribing rescue drugs for patients who visit the emergency room, suggests a nationwide study by the American College of Chest Physicians, Northbrook, Ill.

Doctors are not following the recommended asthma guidelines and are underprescribing controller medications while overprescribing rescue drugs for patients who visit the emergency room, suggests a nationwide study by the American College of Chest Physicians, Northbrook, Ill. Even though evidence-based guidelines for asthma advocate inhaled corticosteroid therapy, researchers found that only one-fourth of patients received ICS therapy in the year before their emergency room visit, while more than 80% were given rescue medications, with one-third prescribed an oral corticosteroid and over half a short-acting beta agonist.
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Title Annotation:HEALTH BEAT
Publication:USA Today (Magazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2005
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