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The Burden of Asthma has Serious Consequences

In a large, real-world survey of asthma¹

  • A validated tool included questions about symptom frequency, need for rescue therapy, and functional abilities at work and home
  • 55% of asthma patients were uncontrolled
  • Uncontrolled patients were nearly 6 times more likely to be hospitalized multiple times per year
  • >50% of uncontrolled patients reported attacks that were seemingly life threatening

Other facts about asthma patients

  • Asthma patients lose >10 million workdays each year in the US²
  • Asthma patients may be limited in their abilities to perform normal daily activities³
  • Noncompliance with controller medications increased ER visits and hospitalizations4

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References: 1. Peters SP, Jones CA, Haselkorn T, Mink DR, Valacer DJ, Weiss ST. Real-world Evaluation of Asthma Control and Treatment (REACT): findings from a national Web-based survey. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2007;119:1454-1461. 2. Asthma prevalence, health care use and mortality: United States, 2003-05. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/hestat/asthma03-05/asthma03-05.htm. Accessed December 8, 2010. 3. Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. July 2007. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Web site. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-pro/guidelines/current/asthma-guidelines. Accessed January 9, 2009. 4. Stern L, Berman J, Lumry W, et al. Medication compliance and disease exacerbation in patients with asthma: a retrospective study of managed care data. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2006;97:402-408.