- Ricky D Turgeon, pharmacy resident1,
- Aaron M Tejani, researcher2
- 1Lower Mainland Pharmacy Services, Vancouver, BC, Canada V5Z 1M9
- 2Therapeutics Initiative (UBC), Vancouver, BC, Canada
Park and colleagues’ review acknowledges the harms associated with using inhaled corticosteroids for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).1 To help clinicians make informed decisions, we wish to clarify the absolute benefits and harms.
Estimates of benefit were less optimistic in an up-to-date and comprehensive Cochrane review,2 partly because of Park and colleagues’ unconventional derivation of the number needed …