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Inhaled Corticosteroids: Regular Use Prevents Asthma-Related Deaths

KEY POINT

Patients with asthma who use their inhaled corticosteroids regularly are less likely to die than those who do not adhere to therapy.

SOURCES

Suissa S et al. Low-dose inhaled corticosteroids and the prevention of death from asthma. N Engl J Med. 2000;343:332–6.

Hannaway PJ. Demographic characteristics of patients experiencing near-fatal and fatal asthma: results of a regional survey of 400 asthma specialists. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2000;84:587–93.

Greenberger PA et al. Potentially fatal asthma and asthma deaths: knowledge is greater but implementation appears problematic [editorial]. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2000;84:563–4.