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NICE approves allergy asthma injection

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NICE has approved omalizumab (Xolair), a fortnightly injection for the treatment of allergic asthma in adults and children over 12 years, which data suggests could halve acute asthma exacerbations.

 

The institute said it should only be used if the asthma was still severe and unstable despite efforts to control it with other therapies, and should be used alongside current asthma medications. If symptoms are not controlled after 16 weeks, treatment should be stopped.

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