Massachusetts receives $1.75M for asthma programs

Courtesy: MGNonline

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has received more than $1.75 million to fund new asthma-related programs in high-risk communities with documented health disparities.

Attorney General Martha Coakley said the funding is aimed at helping thousands of children and older adults with asthma.

Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett said the funding will be used to test pioneering models for the delivery of home-based care for older adults with asthma and to increase local policies that improve home and school environments for children with asthma.

The funding is the result of a multistate settlement with the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline LLC over allegations that it unlawfully promoted its asthma drug, Advair, and antidepressant drugs, Paxil and Wellbutrin.

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