Prospects for Monoclonal Antibody Therapy in Pediatric Asthma
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Purpose of Review
The profile of biologic therapies for asthma is growing rapidly. We discuss how to match the proper pediatric patient with the most effective therapy.
Currently available biologic therapies are most effective in patients with T2 high asthma. Newer drugs are currently being studied which target TSLP and interleukin 33. These newer drugs may provide options for asthmatics who do not respond to the current anti-IgE, anti-IL5, and anti-IL4/13 therapies.
Asthma is a heterogeneous disease which can be driven by different inflammatory mediators in different patients. To select the most effective biologic therapy for a pediatric patient, the asthma phenotype must first be determined. The steep cost of biologics limits their use, which makes proper pairing of patient to therapy even more crucial. Presently, several therapies exist for T2 high asthma, but it is hoped in the future that development of drugs effective for T2 low asthmatics will be available as well.
KeywordsAsthma Children Pediatrics Biologic therapy T2 high
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