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released: 9 Nov 2012 author: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring media release

Appropriate use of medications is important in maximising health benefits for patients, minimising the negative effects of medications, and controlling health costs. This report focuses on the appropriate use of certain medications for the management of obstructive airways disease, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Data in this report suggest that antibiotics are commonly used among patients with asthma and COPD, and that supply patterns for inhaled corticosteroids are often not consistent with treatment guidelines for the management of these conditions.

ISBN 978-1-74249-366-4; Cat. no. ACM 24; 55pp.; $18

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare: Australian Centre for Asthma Monitoring 2012. Medications prescribed for people with obstructive airways disease: antibiotics and inhaled corticosteroids. Cat. no. ACM 24. Canberra: AIHW.

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