Greener Prescribing – Asthma Inhalers

The NHS are working toward reducing the Carbon Footprint by reviewing their prescribing pattern; the document “Delivering a ‘Net Zero’ National Health Service” ( – Delivering a ‘Net Zero’ National Health Service) highlights the long-term plan to reduce carbon emissions.

The Chipping Surgery is involved in this initiative, and is reviewing prescribing processes.

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. Salbutamol (Ventolin) inhalers have more than double the carbon footprint of other Salbutamol MDIs, hence we have switched your inhaler to Salamol which delivers the same amount of the active ingredient and works in the same way. The container is slightly smaller, but contains the same amount of doses. This change will happen as you request your next inhaler, and will be listed differently on your repeat slip.

Please always ensure that you take any used or unwanted inhalers back to your Community Pharmacy for appropriate disposal. Inhalers should not be put into household waste as this allows release of remaining HFAs into the atmosphere.

If you have any queries please contact Amelia McGlynn, our pre-registration Pharmacy Technician at the surgery on 01453 842214. Amelia is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Thank you for your support in reducing climate change.