Advair and the long acting beta agonist paradox The long-acting beta agonist (LABA) paradox strikes again. A new article in a Milwaukee newspaper sounds an old theme. Advair, the most widely used asthma medicine, contains a long-acting beta agonist—salmeterol. “[L]ong-acting beta-agonists have been linked to 1,900 asthma deaths from 2004 through 2011, according to an estimate provided by AdverseEvents Inc., a private firm that analyzes drug side effect data ...

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