NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – A GlaxoSmithKline study suggests variants in the gene coding for the beta-2 adrenergic receptor do not affect an individual’s response to its asthma drugs Advair Diskus (fluticasone propionate and salmeterol inhalation powder) or Serevent Diskus (salmeterol xinofoate inhalation powder), the company announced yesterday at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology annual meeting in Philadelphia.
 

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