When the Serevent and Advair notices came out about the potential dangers, a few law firms jumped on it but to the best of my knowledge, there is not a class action suit. In fact, this "legal" ad even states that but it may be easily missed with the intent of their advertising.
There is not currently an Advair class action lawsuit or a Serevent Class Action Lawsuit pending.
Quoted from this law firm's ad webside.
All medications come with some type of warning and if the patient OR the doctor does not follow the recommendations for that medication, there is always a chance for increased risks.
A SABA or rescue inhaler is usually recommended along with a LABA. Sometimes for mild asthma, an inhaled corticosteroid such as Flovent is often all you need and does not need a LABA to accompany it. The guidelines in the EPR-3 are not always followed nor is the proper testing and/or questioning done to determine the reactiveness of the airway disease and the severity of it or what might be the best medication for that patient. The same for COPD. Very little education is then provided to the patient which leads to noncompliance or misuse of their medication. I can't tell you how many times a patient comes in after using his Advair or Symbicort as a rescue inhaler all day and states "it isn't working". The other issue is RNs who leave the inhalers at beside without knowing what the patient understands about the medication or the RNs themselves may not know the ingredients that are in these inhalers. Just demonstrating how to use the device is not enough but often there is not time for much more than that.
I recommend that any nurse or RT who works with asthma patients and MDIs read the EPR-3 and even take the Asthma Educator course even if they don't take the certification. You will see asthma, allergies, MDIs and all the medications associated with them very differently.