Ventodisks® are to be discontinued with effect from the end of September 2006 according to a letter sent by the manufacturers to healthcare professionals.
Ventodisks are foil disks containing eight blisters of salbutamol in either 200 microgram or 400 microgram strengths.
According to the letter the main reason for the choice to discontinue the product is increased demand for the antiviral zanamivir. These two products are made using the same expertise and equipment and the decision has been made to divert manufacturing capacity from ventodisks to zanamivir.
Action: This product is not widely used. Patients should be identified and provided with the opportunity to discuss alternative treatment options.
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