, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 197-205

Asthma treatment in the 21st century

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Asthma treatment is evolving as we enter the 21st century. This review focuses on several different areas of asthma treatment now in evolution. These include: (1) the proper role of various asthma controllers—either already approved or under investigation—besides inhaled corticosteriods in asthma therapy; (2) the potential role for immune and cytokine modulation for asthma therapy; (3) the potential role for pharmacogenetics in asthma therapy; and (4) whether single-inhaler therapy with a combination of an inhaled cortcosteriod and a longacted β-agonist could be used for both maintenance and rescue in patients with asthma.