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CFC-Free Salmeterol

Salmeterol (Serevent) will be available as a CFC-Free inhaler from January 2006 according to a letter from the manufacturers.

The new device is dose equivalent to the existing metered dose inhaler in terms of efficacy, dose, safety and price; it is also the same size, shape and colour as the old device. Patients may notice a change in the taste, sound and feel of the new device.

Prescriptions for any of the following can be dispensed as the CFC-Free device:

  • Salemterol Xinafoate Inhaler
  • Salmeterol Xinafoate CFC-Free Inhaler
  • Salemterol Xinafoate Evohaler
  • Serevent Inhaler
  • Serevent CFC-Free Inhaler
  • Serevent Evohaler

Action: Clinicians need to be aware of the introduction of this new device as patients may notice a difference. Prescriptions will not need to be changed immediately although this should be done over time to avoid confusion.

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