Category Archives: Respiratory

NICE asthma guidance

There are important differences between new NICE recommendations on asthma treatment and current “standard practice” in the UK. For example, NICE NG 80 recommends an early 4-8 week trial of montelukast plus low dose ICS if newly diagnosed asthma is not controlled by a low dose ICS inhaler alone. An ICS (low dose)/LABA combination is only recommended if Continue Reading »

RightBreathe website

The RightBreathe website and app has been developed by Lambeth GP, Dr Azhar Saleem, in conjunction with (amongst others) UK Medicines Information. Both the website and app have now been launched, and with details on every licensed inhaler in the UK for asthma and COPD, including links to videos and prescribing information, they provide a free-to-use, comprehensive, ‘one-stop’ Continue Reading »

Cochrane review of long-acting muscarinic antagonist (LAMA) plus long-acting beta-agonist (LABA) versus LABA plus inhaled corticosteroid (ICS) for stable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

In a Cochrane review of 11 studies, which included 9839 participants with stable chronic COPD, LAMA+LABA treatment had fewer exacerbations, a larger improvement of FEV1, a lower risk of pneumonia, and more frequent improvement in quality of life as measured by an increase over 4 units or more of the St. George’s Respiratory Questionnaire (SGRQ) compared with LABA+ICS Continue Reading »

Inhaler Technique Videos

The inhaler technique videos below have been jointly produced by PrescQIPP and Health and Care Videos to help patients, carers and others master any one of 17 different inhalers. A range of patient information leaflet templates to support the videos will be available soon. Click here to go to the videos.