Asthma Medication Updates
Aerospan® and QVAR® HFA inhalers were recently discontinued by their manufacturers. While QVAR® HFA was replaced with a new product called Qvar® RediHaler™, the new RediHaler™ may not be appropriate for all patients. The Redihaler™ requires additional patient education because of its differences from other HFA products patients are already using, including albuterol. Flovent® HFA and Asmanex® HFA (FDA approved for ages 12 and up) may be alternatives for patients. Most Medicaid plans will cover one or more of these options.
For up-to-date, specific details on formulary coverage, check out the “Ohio Managed Medicaid Pharmacy Coverage” prescribing resource. For questions about the prescribing resources or how a pharmacist can assist your practice with prescribing, contact PFKPharmacy@NationwideChildrens.org.