Inhaled corticosteroids increasingly used for COPD outside recommended indications

From 2010 to 2018, a rising number of veterans with COPD received inhaled corticosteroid prescriptions as first-line therapy outside recommended indications, according to results published in Annals of the American Thoracic Society.
“Our study has the greatest implications for low-value health systems that are trying to improve value-based prescribing,” Kevin I. Duan, MD, MS, acting instructor in the division of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine at University of Washington, told Healio. “However, for the everyday clinician, the study is a reminder that updating our

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