Clinical symptoms and 'off label' prescribing in children with asthma

Colin McCowan, Gaylor Hoskins, Ron G. Neville

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    A UK-wide database of structured asthma review consultations was used to investigate the prevalence of ‘off-label’ anti-asthma prescriptions in relationship to clinical symptoms of asthma control. The 1050 children (6.1%) aged 16 years or under issued with an off-label prescription reported more nighttime, daytime and activity asthma symptoms, and used more short-acting ß2-agonist medication than their peers. Off-label prescribing for children with asthma in UK primary care is associated with worse levels of self-reported asthma control.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)220-222
    Number of pages3
    JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
    Issue number536
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007


    • Asthma
    • Child health
    • Drug labeling
    • Family practice
    • Prescriptions


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