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Study: Pills as Effective as Inhalers for Asthma

Researchers Say Singulair and Accolate Work as Well as Steroid Inhalers

Pills vs. Inhalers continued...

The two studies were commissioned and largely funded by the U.K.’s National Health Service.

Merck & Co., which makes Singulair, and AstraZeneca, which makes Accolate, provided some funding, but Musgrave says the companies were not involved with the design or execution of the study or the interpretation of the results.

Musgrave says even though the oral drugs appear to be as effective for the prevention of asthma symptoms, they may not be the best choice for every patient.

“Patients should talk to their doctors to determine the treatment that might work best for them,” he says.

Merck issued a statement saying that the company is pleased that independent researchers are showing continued interest in evaluating the use of leukotriene receptor antagonists, including Singulair, as an important option for treating asthma in appropriate patients. 

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