Foradil, Advair, Symbicort, and Serevent: Do They Pass A Risk/Benefit Analysis?

A number of popular asthma medications may have caused more than 14,000 deaths since 1994, an FDA official told an FDA advisory board. Dr. David Graham said that the drugs Foradil, Advair, Symbicort, and Serevent provided little benefit for asthma sufferers when weighed against other available asthma treatments and potential risks. Another FDA doctor disagreed, telling the panel that Dr. Graham’s concerns were unfounded.

I have not looked at the efficacy or the risks of these drugs. But Dr. Graham has a history of being right on these things. I think he is also considered a guy with no particular ax to grind against either consumers or drug companies, which gives him credibility.