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Bricanyl Turbohaler Supplies Low

The manufacturer of Bricanyl® Turbohaler has written to healthcare professionals, and also informed Asthma UK, advising that supplies of this inhaler are very low in the UK.

The reason behind this shortage is being investigated and it is currently expected that this issue will persist until the end of January 2019. Asthma UK is advising patients to check their inhalers and ensure they have adequate supply; it is also recommended to seek advice from a healthcare professional for a suitable alternative before their current inhaler runs out.

Switching to an alternative will require a change to salbutamol. Consideration should be given to the range of devices available including pressurised metered dose inhalers, breath actuated aerosols and dry powder inhalers. Provision of a spacer device may also be appropriate.

Action: Clinicians should be aware of this product supply shortage. It would be prudent to run clinical system searches to identify any patients who are currently prescribed this product to allow a review and arrangements made to identify a suitable alternative.

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2 Comments to “Bricanyl Turbohaler Supplies Low”

  1. I have used this inhaler for 30 years and only got enough for 2 weeks, what else can I take as this turbohaler suits me. I am very stressed about this.

    Comment by Cynthia Holmes — December 12, 2018 #

    1. @Cynthia,

      There are lots of options and if you speak to your surgery there should not be anything to worry about. There are aerosol inhalers that can trigger themselves or be used via a spacer and there are dry powder versions that are similar to what you are currently using. Speak to your surgery as soon as you can.

      Comment by Matthew Robinson — December 13, 2018 #

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