Reducing your carbon footprint – switching from a Salbutamol to Salamol inhaler

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If you treat your asthma with a Salbutamol inhaler, we are now in a position to offer a more environmentally friendly, greener inhaler to suit you.

Patients that use Salbutamol inhalers may have noticed their prescription change to a Salamol inhaler, which is the best up-to-date treatment.

Salbutamol inhalers are metered dose inhalers (otherwise known as an aerosol spray inhaler or ‘puffer’), containing propellant gas known as hydrofluorocarbons, which are powerful greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change.

A Salbutamol inhaler has more than twice the carbon footprint of a Salamol inhaler and it delivers the same medication, using the same type of device at the same dose.

  • 28kg CO2e is emitted per Salbutamol inhaler (emissions equivalent to driving 175 miles in a small car)
  • 11kg CO2e is emitted per Salamol inhaler (emissions equivalent to driving 62 miles in a small car)

From now on, all prescriptions we issue for blue reliever inhalers will be for a Salamol inhaler (Salamol CFC-Free Inhaler 100microgram/ dose).

The change from a Salbutamol to Salamol inhaler is an automatic change with no action required from patients. If you currently use a Salbutamol inhaler and this change applies to you, you will receive a letter from the practice.

If you have any queries about switching your inhaler to a more environmentally-friendly option, please dial 01524 551551 and select Option 4 for a direct line to our Medicines Management Team or fill in an Online Consult form on our website.