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Rebuttal From Drs Michaud and ErnstRebuttal From Drs Michaud and Ernst

Gaetane Michaud, MD, FCCP; Armin Ernst, MD , FCCP
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From Yale New Haven Hospital and Yale School of Medicine (Dr Michaud), and Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Dr Ernst), St. Elizabeth Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine.

Correspondence to: Armin Ernst, MD, FCCP, Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, St. Elizabeth Medical Center/Tufts University School of Medicine, 736 Cambridge St, Brighton, MA 02135; e-mail: armin.ernst@steward.org


Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The authors have reported to CHEST the following potential conflicts of interest: Dr Ernst was a principle investigator on the AIR2 trial but received no payment for his involvement. Dr Ernst received consultancy fees (< $5,000) from Asthmatx, which developed and markets the Alair Bronchial Thermoplasty System discussed in this article, and currently has a research and development consultancy agreement with Boston Scientific, unrelated to bronchial thermoplasty. Dr Michaud has reported that she has no potential conflicts of interest with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians (http://www.chestpubs.org/site/misc/reprints.xhtml).


© 2011 American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 2011;140(3):578-579. doi:10.1378/chest.11-1391
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We thank our honorable colleagues in this debate for pointing out some obvious concerns that we, as clinicians caring for asthma, face on a daily basis.1 Patients with chronic persistent asthma, despite appropriate therapy with corticosteroids and bronchodilators, prove particularly challenging because of a lack of effective treatment regimens. As physicians, it is our duty to offer effective and safe care for as many patients as possible.

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