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Are We Using the Correct Inhaled Medication to Treat Mild Asthma With Low Sputum Eosinophilia?

Zappetti, Dana MD

doi: 10.1097/CPM.0000000000000320
Pulmonary Trends

Synopsis: This crossover trial evaluated the efficacy of inhaled corticosteroids and long-acting muscarinic antagonists compared with placebo in asthmatic patients in relation to sputum eosinophil counts. No statistical significance was found between the Mometasone versus placebo or the Tiotropium versus placebo groups, and the responses to the active drugs were not greater than the responses to the placebo medications in those with a low sputum eosinophil count.

Source: Lazarus SC, Krishnan JA, King TS, et al. Mometasone or Tiotropium in mild asthma with a low sputum eosinophil level. NEJM. 2019;380:2009–2019.

Disclosure: The author declares that there is no conflicts of interest.

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