Don't Cut Back on Asthma Meds During Pandemic, Expert Advises

Drugs | April 19, 2020

Despite increased demand for inhalers in some parts of the United States, Americans with asthma shouldn't ration their medications during the coronavirus pandemic, the American Lung Association says. Rescue inhalers are in short supply in some areas because hospitals are giving albuterol to COVID-19 patients with severe symptoms to help them breathe, the group explained. Albuterol is a quick-relief medication used to treat shortness of breath and wheezing in people with asthma and some other lung disorders. The American Lung Association advises patients with asthma not to ration medications," said the association's chief medical officer, Dr. Albert Rizzo. "If you are running low on a prescription, speak with your health care provider about your options so you can take your medication as prescribed.

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Xeris | November 24, 2022

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AEON Biopharma to Become Publicly Listed via Merger with Priveterra Acquisition Corp.; Accelerating Clinical Development of ABP-450

AEON Biopharma | December 14, 2022

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Rancho BioSciences | February 02, 2023

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