Primary Care Docs Clueless About Asthma Meds: A Surprising Revelation

Majority of Primary Care Physicians Uninformed about Biologic Medications for Asthma

News Picture: Many Primary Care Docs Unaware of Biologic Asthma Meds

Primary care docs unaware of biologic asthma meds

It’s been two decades since the introduction of biologic drugs to treat asthma, but here’s a shocking truth – an astonishing number of family doctors are still in the dark about them. Can you believe it?

According to a recently conducted survey, more than two in five primary care docs (that’s a whopping 42%) are unfamiliar with asthma biologics[^1^]. I mean, seriously? How are they still not aware of such a crucial development in the asthma treatment field?

The survey, presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology annual meeting in Anaheim, California, revealed some mind-boggling findings. Turns out, these doctors not only lack knowledge about the criteria for prescribing these drugs, but they also have no clue about the essential lab work required[^2^]. They simply play it by ear, waiting for patients to endure two or more asthma attacks within a year before even considering referring them to an asthma specialist. Talk about being oblivious!

Dr. Bijalben Patel, the lead researcher and a resident at the University of South Florida, shed some light on this rather baffling situation. “You know, we thought let’s check if primary care physicians (PCPs) were aware of these biologics. After all, many people suffering from asthma rely on PCPs for their regular check-ups,” said Dr. Patel. Well, surprise, surprise – they were not aware![^3^]

A total of 85 primary care physicians, including internists, family medicine specialists, and pediatricians, were surveyed via email[^4^]. The shocking truth was unveiled – 82% of them do not bother with the necessary lab tests required for biologic prescriptions. And wait for it, a staggering 90% do not even test for absolute eosinophil count. Now, eosinophils are those white blood cells that play a crucial role in allergic conditions, in case you didn’t know[^5^]. It’s like these doctors are saying, “Who needs lab tests anyway? Let’s just wing it!”

But fear not, there is a silver lining! Dr. Juan Carlos Cardet, senior researcher and associate professor of allergy and immunology at USF, sees hope for improvement. He believes this survey serves as a wake-up call, highlighting the urgent need for better communication between primary care physicians and asthma care specialists[^6^]. It’s time to bridge the gap and ensure that these doctors are aware of the powerful arsenal of tools, such as biologics, available to effectively treat asthma and other allergic diseases.

So, here’s a plea to all the primary care docs out there – let’s get in the know! It’s time to brush up on the latest developments in asthma treatment and be proactive in helping patients live their best, breath-filled lives.

Source: American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, news release, Nov. 9, 2023


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Hey there, dear readers!

Can you believe that a significant number of primary care doctors still have no clue about biologic drugs for asthma treatment? It’s mind-boggling! But hey, don’t lose hope just yet. This survey serves as a wake-up call, reminding us of the urgent need for better communication and knowledge sharing between doctors. Let’s hope they catch up soon and equip themselves with the latest advancements in asthma treatment. After all, every breath counts!

Stay informed, stay healthy!

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