Reusable inhalers ‘could reduce NHS carbon footprint’

Latest

Reusable inhalers ‘could reduce NHS carbon footprint’

In Latest

The UK’s first reusable soft mist inhaler for asthma and COPD patients could help the NHS reduce its carbon footprint and tackle reliance on single-use plastics, the manufacturer said.

The newly launched reusable Respimat inhalers, which can be used with up to six refill cartridges, could see 1.2 million fewer inhalers being disposed of each year, Boehringer Ingelheim claimed.

Respimat was previously only available as a disposable single-use inhaler. The manufacturer claimed the introduction of refill cartridges could help reduce the product’s carbon footprint by 71 per cent.

The way in which the product is prescribed and dispensed will change. Patients will initially receive a prescription pack containing one inhaler and one cartridge, followed by packs containing one refill cartridge. At six months, the patient will again receive a pack containing an inhaler and a cartridge.

Anna Murphy, consultant respiratory pharmacist at University Hospital of Leicester NHS Trust said that September 17 launch was an “important step towards being more responsible over our use of plastics within respiratory medicine”.

Ms Murphy added that as community pharmacists frequently interact with respiratory patients, they have a “vital role” in helping patients understand the product change and reminding them to reuse it rather than throw it away each time a cartridge runs out.

The NHS Long Term Plan commits the health service to cutting down on carbon emissions and single-use plastics, including a shift to ‘low carbon inhalers’ which the NHS believes will help reduce total emissions by four per cent.

Record my learning outcomes

Latest

Inspiring stories related to health, fitness and the pursuit of wellbeing

Share:

Loading...

Recommended Learning

Videos

Advising on very dry and eczema-prone skin

This video will guide you through a consultation with Michelle, a customer with very dry skin, and help you recommend suitable products to help

2 Min Module

bookmark icon off
Sponsored education

Sore throat treatment update

Update your knowledge on treating sore throat without antibiotics with this short, interactive module.

10 Min Module

bookmark icon off
Sponsored education

Supporting customers to sleep better

Explore the rotating pack shot to find out more about Nytol Liquid Caramel Flavour, a clinically-proven alternative to sleeping tablets, and understand how you can support customers to sleep better.

5 Min Module

bookmark icon off
Sponsored education

Indigestion update

Update your knowledge on indigestion with this short video and discover a new dual-action product you can recommend.

3 Min Module

bookmark icon off
Sponsored education

Advising on stimulant laxatives

Safely recommend the most effective laxative for every customer with constipation

15 Min Module

bookmark icon off
Sponsored education

VIAGRA CONNECT: Key knowledge update

Update your knowledge of erection problems with key learning updates from recent research

2 Min Module