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Review: omalizumab reduces exacerbation and steroid use in chronic asthma

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 Q In adults and children with chronic asthma, is omalizumab (a recombinant humanised monoclonal anti-IgE referred to as rhuMAb-E25, rhu-Mab, or Xolair) better than placebo for clinical outcomes?

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Cochrane Airways Group Asthma and Wheeze trials register (up to February 2006), reference lists of relevant studies and review articles, all pharmaceutical companies producing anti-IgE formulations, 2 websites ( and, meeting abstracts, and experts in the field.

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randomised and blinded controlled trials (RCTs) in any language that included adults and children with chronic asthma and compared anti-IgE at any dose or …

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  • For correspondence: Dr S Walker, Education for Health, Warwick, UK. S.walker{at}

  • Source of funding: no external funding.