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Environmental inhaler impact 

Only a quarter of healthcare professionals are aware that different inhalers have different environmental impacts, according to research by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). The NHS Sustainable Development Unit has estimated that 3.5 per cent of the NHS’ total carbon footprint comes from pressurised metered dose inhalers (pMDIs), which have a carbon footprint approximately 18 times the carbon emissions of dry-powder inhalers (DPIs). To help address the impact of inhalers on the environment, GSK is encouraging asthmatic patients to speak with their doctor, nurse or pharmacist to discuss their options and understand if a change is right for them, based on their clinical needs.
GlaxoSmithKline: 0800 783 881

Opening the portal

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has expanded its Health Partner portal to include pharmacy teams and respiratory brands, following the platform’s success with oral care professionals. The online resource encourages healthcare professionals to learn more about specific brands such as Piri, Sensodyne and Corsodyl, while allowing them to order products for their store directly through the platform, explains GSK. The portal will also host a range of educational resources designed to encourage conversations with patients and help healthcare professionals feel more informed when devising and implementing treatment plans, the company adds.
GlaxoSmithKline: 0800 783 881

Evidence of innovation

A new report commissioned by Healthy.io – the company behind the Dip UTI home-based urinary tract infection test piloted earlier in 2019 – sets out the story behind the practice-changing technology and examines some of the ways it’s changing access to diagnosis and treatment even before its national rollout. The report details results of clinical tests, consumer research and a first-hand account of using the test, including a study which found that 99 per cent of participating subjects successfully conducted the test and reported it was either easy or very easy to carry out.
Healthy.io

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