FDA Mandates New Asthma Medication Labeling

HEALTH CNN (February 18, 2010) — The Food and Drug Administration announced new safety warnings Thursday, February 18, 2010 saying long-acting beta agonist (LABA) medications should never be used alone by children or adults. The FDA will require manufacturers to add additional warnings to product labels, and ask doctors and patients to scale back use of these drugs...

The LABAs in question contain the single drug Serevent or Foradil and can be in the combination medications Advair and Symbicort, which also contain inhaled corticosteroids. Corticosteroids supress inflammation and help reduce symptoms in inflammatory ailments such as asthma and arthritis. Advair contains Serevent, whose active ingredient is Salmeterol. Symbicort has Foradil; its active ingredient is Formoterol.

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