Be Prepared to Help Patients Switch to New Fluticasone/Salmeterol Inhalers

New fluticasone/salmeterol inhalers for asthma (AirDuo, etc) will compete with Advair...and lead to questions about how to switch.

Teva is launching AirDuo (air-DOO-oh) RespiClick AND its authorized generic, fluticasone/salmeterol. The generic costs about $90/month...versus $285/month for AirDuo or up to $475/month for Advair.

But the new dry-powder inhalers are NOT AB-rated generics for Advair Diskus because they come in different strengths and devices. Plus AirDuo is not approved for COPD...and it's only for ages 12 and up.

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