Treating asthma

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6974.254 (Published 28 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:254

Clinical efficacy and safety of generic inhalers is well established

  1. J M Smith,
  2. D N Bateman
  1. Regional pharmaceutical adviser Medical director Northern and Yorkshire Regional Health Authority, Regional Drug and Therapeutics Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP

    EDITOR,—Mike Pearson and colleagues advance the thesis that generic inhalers are therapeutically inequivalent and that this may not be “safe or desirable for patients.”1 In support of their case they cite one in vitro study,2 and they claim that five studies have shown biological inequivalence, though they cite only two of these. The first, from Finland, relates to a product made and sold in Finland but not in …

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