☀️     🌓

Prescribing Advice for GPs

An NHS Prescribing Advisers' Blog

Becotide Discontinuation

The manufacturer of Becodtide® and Becloforte® pressurised Metered Dose Inhalers (pMDI) has written to healthcare professionals to announce the discontinuation of these inhalers from the third quarter in 2007.

The discontinuation will affect the following products:

  • Becotide 50microgram pMDI
  • Becotide 100microgram pMDI
  • Becotide 200microgram pMDI
  • Becoloforte 250microgram pMDI

Since the majority of beclometasone inhalers are prescribed generically this announcement is likely to affect small numbers of patients. The inhalers listed above will still be available over the next 12 months so changes in therapy can be made during routine reviews.

Action: Consideration should be given to opportunistically changing therapy to the CFC-Free alternatives because the CFC containing products will all eventually be discontinued. The MHRA advice should be followed if CFC-Free inhalers are prescribed.

Share 'Becotide Discontinuation' by emailShare 'Becotide Discontinuation' on FacebookShare 'Becotide Discontinuation' on TwitterShare 'Becotide Discontinuation' on LinkedInShare 'Becotide Discontinuation' on reddit


15 Comments to “Becotide Discontinuation”

  1. I used this medication religiously for many many years as a child. Luckily, I started showing no symptoms of asthma before this medication was discontinued.

    Comment by Mandy — January 16, 2016 #

  2. I moved to Portugal 3 years ago. I took my prescription with me and have continued with 250 micrograms of Becotide ("Beclotaide Forte") ever since. In Portugal I can also buy it over the counter (without a prescription).
    As an aside, in December 2013, I told a UK doctor that I was taking it and she confirmed - inhale twice in the morning and twice before bed.

    Comment by Barry Beamish — September 15, 2014 #

    1. @Barry,

      As far as I can tell from looking on the Portuguese Ministry of Health site, Beclotaide Forte is a beclomethasone inhaler that would be equivalent to BecloForte. But it's made by AlenFarma which is not the manufacturer that I am aware of that made Becotide and BecloForte.

      Beclometasone is still widely available from many generics manufacturers, it is only the brands above that were discontinued.

      Comment by Matthew Robinson — September 15, 2014 #

  3. I've just had a prescription for becotide. I live in Ireland.

    Comment by Cat — June 20, 2014 #

Leave a Reply to Barry Beamish Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Please be aware that you comment is subject to our Privacy Policy.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Prescribing Advice for GPs is powered by ClassicPress.
Connect to our RSS or Atom Feeds.