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Inhaled Medications for Asthma Preferred Over Systemic Ones

KEY POINT

Two new studies support administration of asthma medications by inhalation rather than systemically.

SOURCES

Travers AH et al. The effectiveness of IV β-agonists in treating patients with acute asthma in the emergency department: a meta-analysis. Chest. 2002;122:1200–7. www.chestjournal.org.

Lee-Wong M et al. Comparison of high-dose inhaled flunisolide to systemic corticosteroids in severe adult asthma. Chest. 2002;122:1208–13.