New NICE guideline to help people take control of their asth
The draft guidance, now out for public consultation, calls for a change in how medicines are offered, a move NICE says could save the NHS millions of pounds.

According to Asthma UK the NHS spends around £1 billion a year treating and caring for people with asthma. And around 4.5 million people in England are receiving treatment for the condition.

NICE has said people should get a 7 pence a day tablet earlier than current practice. It estimates that every 10,000 people who take up the new recommendation could save £3 million a year.

Professor Mark Baker, director of the NICE centre for guidelines said: “With this new guideline we want to give clear guidance on how health professionals can help people take control of their symptoms so they can live life to the fullest....