HealthDay Reports: Inhaler Use Up During Coronavirus Pandemic
A new study shows that daily use of inhaler medication has increased among Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Inhaler Use Up During Coronavirus Pandemic
WEDNESDAY, May 6, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Daily use of inhaler medication by Americans with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has increased during the coronavirus pandemic, a new study shows.
Researchers analyzed data on controller inhaler use by nearly 7,600 patients who use Propeller Health, which uses electronic medication monitors to track inhaler use and alerts patients about missed doses.
Between the first seven days of January 2020 and the last seven days of March, mean daily controller inhaler use rose 14.5%.
During the last week of March, more than 53% of patients had 75% or greater daily controller medication adherence, up 14.9% from the first seven days of January, according to the study published May 4 in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice.