As part of our commitment to help reduce the carbon footprint of the NHS, we have reviewed some types of inhalers we issue on prescription.
If you have either a Ventolin® cfc-free metered dose inhaler or a generic salbutamol inhaler on your repeat medication list, then this will apply to you.
Why are we making this change?
Metered dose inhalers (MDIs) use hydrofluoroalkanes (HFA) propellants which are potent greenhouse gases, 1000 – 3000 times more potent than carbon dioxide. MDIs account for almost 25% of a GP’s prescribing carbon footprint.
Ventolin® inhalers have more than double the carbon footprint of other salbutamol inhalers, so we have switched your inhaler to Salamol® which delivers the same amount of the active ingredient per spray (100mcg of salbutamol).
Salamol® works in the same way as Ventolin® but it has a smaller propellent volume per spray which means less of the harmful propellant gas is released into the environment.
The container is also slightly smaller, but it contains the same number of doses (200 per inhaler). Your pharmacy may have already given you this brand in the past if you have a generic salbutamol inhaler on your repeat medication list.
To keep your inhaler working correctly, please follow the cleaning instructions in the patient information leaflet every week.
For a reminder of how to use your inhaler, see: https://asthma.org.uk/advice/inhaler-videos/pmdi/
How should I dispose of my inhalers?
Please don’t put your inhaler in domestic recycling – it will not be recycled. Please return your unwanted or empty inhalers to your local pharmacy for disposal. The inhaler will be incinerated in medical waste, which is a surprisingly good way to dispose of them.
If you require any more information, please contact the surgery.