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Incorporating Anti-IgE (Omalizumab) Therapy Into Pulmonary Medicine Practice*: Practice Management Implications

Philip Marcus, MD, MPH, FCCP
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*From the Practice Management Committee, American College of Chest Physicians, Chicago, IL.

Correspondence to: Philip Marcus, MD, MPH, FCCP, Nassau Chest Physicians, P.C., 233 East Shore Rd, Suite 112, Great Neck, NY 11023; e-mail: PMarcus192@aol.com



Chest. 2006;129(2):466-474. doi:10.1378/chest.129.2.466
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Despite aggressive therapy, many asthma patients cannot achieve optimal control, and it is recognized that a small number of patients, generally those with severe persistent asthma, are the most difficult to control and are responsible for a large segment of the costs of asthma. These patients demonstrate a need for additional therapeutic options to achieve enhanced asthma control. Omalizumab should be considered a second-line therapy for patients with moderate-to-severe persistent allergic asthma not fully controlled on standard therapy. This article should not be considered a complete guide to incorporating this therapy into practice but serve as an introduction and a basic review of the practice management aspects of therapy for physicians practicing in the United States.

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