A new asthma wonder drug that could change the lives of thousands has been approved for use on the NHS.

Dupilumab will now be prescribed for patients whose asthma does not respond to conventional treatments. The drug can reduce the frequency of asthma attacks and the use of emergency steroid tablets by almost half.

According to Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation Partnership up to 200,000 people in the UK suffer regular attacks and emergency hospital trips.

Dr Samantha Walker, the charities’ director of research said the drug is “a real game-changer for thousands. Severe asthma can have a colossal impact on people’s lives”.

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To qualify patients must have severe asthma, meet an inflammation threshold, have had at least four severe asthma attacks in a year and be ineligible for other biological treatments.

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