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Popular asthma drug may increase risk of death

The same doctor who initiated the warnings about Vioxx has now cast doubts on a popular asthma drug called Serevent. 200,000 prescriptions are written for Serevent annually. The drug already carries a warning after 13 people allegedly died in the US while taking Serevent during a research trial. It was recommended that Serevent be used only with other drugs. It is usually used in conjunction with ant-inflammatory drugs. Serevent should only be used by severe asthmatics and should not be the first choice of drug unless itís essential.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by The Australian

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About: Popular asthma drug may increase risk of death

Date: 22 November 2004

Source: The Australian

Author: John Stapleton

URL: http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,11458064%5E2702,00.html

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