Asthma in older adults is under-recognized and possibly associated with allergic triggers. We conducted a pooled analysis of omalizumab double-blind, placebo-controlled trials to evaluate efficacy in older adults. Data for the total study population and subjects aged > or = 50 years with moderate-severe allergic asthma were examined. We used Poisson regression to analyze the number of asthma exacerbations and logistic regression to evaluate treatment effectiveness. Symptom scores and total rescue medication puffs were evaluated by analysis of covariance. Omalizumab reduced the risk of clinically significant asthma exacerbations, led to a significantly greater response in patient/investigator-reported global effectiveness, improved asthma symptom scores, and reduced rescue medication use in adults > or = 50 years with moderate-severe allergic asthma.