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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
About: Popular asthma drug may increase risk of death
Date: 22 November 2004
Source: The Australian
Author: John Stapleton
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