Thursday, 27 February 2014

Lyprinol inneffective in the treatment of childhood asthma

Contact: Guy Dow-Sainter, Asthma Foundation of Tasmania
p: 1800 ASTHMA (278 462)   e: GuyD@asthmatas.org.au   w: www.asthmatas.org.au

Intended Audience: All schools, principals, teachers, childcare services and parents

Important information for Tasmanian parents and schools regarding Lyprinol

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Green-lipped mussel study does not show benefits for children's asthma

The Asthma Foundation of Tasmania (AFT) is aware that some parents in Tasmania are under the impression that Lyprinol can be used as a replacement for doctor-prescribed medication for the treatment of asthma.

This has led to the Foundation fearing that Lyprinol – an extract from green-lipped mussels – may be used by some parents as a replacement for doctor-prescribed asthma medication.

AFT CEO Cathy Beswick warns this could have very serious consequences for some children.

The Foundation is not sure where this misunderstanding sprang from, but what is known is that a review of a study published in 2012 by the Internet Journal of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology found Lyprinol is ineffective in the treatment of asthma.

The belief that Lyprinol could treat asthma was caused by the mistaken belief that the study's claims were endorsed by New Zealand's Asthma Foundation. This claim was flatly denied by the Asthma Foundation of New Zealand in a media statement dated July 2012.

The statement went on to say that the most accurate interpretation of the findings was that Lyprinol had not been found to be beneficial for children's asthma. It further mentioned that the Asthma Foundation of NZ also obtained an independent opinion on the findings, which confirmed that the study did not show any benefits from Lyprinol.

The statement also mentioned that the study was funded by Lyprinol's manufacturer Pharmalink International.

Consequently, the Asthma Foundation of Tasmania would like to make it clear that under no circumstances should Lyprinol be used as a replacement medication for treating anyone with asthma.

For further advice and information about asthma management and medications for children, please call the Asthma Foundation of Tasmania's free helpline on 1800 ASTHMA (278 462), make a face-to-face consultation with one of our asthma educators or visit our website at: www.asthmatas.org.au