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Severe asthma drugs listed on PBS

Three medications have received new or extended listings on the PBS for treatment of severe asthma. We were pleased to join the Hon. Sussan Ley MP, Minister for Health, as she made the announcement on Sunday.
The medications are:

  • Tiotropium (Spiriva Respimat) – new listing for asthma, as add-on treatment for patients with severe asthma who remain symptomatic on high-dose ICS/LABA combination therapy [from 1 February 2017]
  • Mepolizumab (Nucala) – new listing for adults and adolescents with severe refractory eosinophilic asthma [from 1 January 2017]
  • Omalizumab (Xolair) – extended listing to include children aged 6 years and older with severe allergic asthma [from 1 December 2016]

 For eligibility criteria, visit:
The Australian Asthma Handbook version 1.2 has information about these medications and their roles in asthma management. Go to the Handbook.

Are your patients ready for a safe and healthy holiday period?

It's very easy for the festive and summer holiday period to become the season of sneezing and wheezing, with so many hidden asthma and allergy triggers around us. Coupled with unseasonal weather patterns and increased pollen in the air, a dusty holiday home or mould covered christmas decorations could present a risk to the over two million Australians with asthma.

Our CEO, Kristine Whorlow AM, says an asthma or allergy flare-up can spoil the festive fun in the most serious way but by taking some simple precautions and being prepared people with asthma can reduce their risk and make the most of the summer holiday period. And given the recent thunderstorm asthma event in Melbourne, Kristine suggests monitoring pollen counts and staying indoors in the event of a thunderstorm warning.

Read our media release with tips to stay healthy over the Christmas period.

Did you miss the thunderstorm asthma webinar?

In case you may have missed it, the Centre of Excellence in Severe Asthma recently presented a webinar on Thunderstorm Asthma with Professor Guy Marks, providing insight into what causes thunderstorm asthma and treatment and management strategies to improve patient outcomes.

Watch the webinar.

Office closure and online resource ordering

Our team send you the warmest wishes for a happy and safe festive season!

Our office will be closed from 12.00 noon on 23 December and will reopen at 9.00 am on 3 January 2017. Any online resource orders placed during this period will be processed when the office reopens.
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