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Step-down therapy in patients with well-controlled asthma appears to be safe and cost effective

KEY POINT

Patients with asthma whose symptoms are controlled can step down asthma medications safely without compromising clinical outcomes, thereby saving on monthly medication costs, according to results of an observational study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

SOURCES

Rank MA, et al. Comparative safety and costs of stepping down asthma medications in patients with controlled asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2016;137(5):1373–9.

Abramson, SL. Addressing the step-down process in controlled asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2016;137(5):1380–1.