HPS Pharmacies wish to advise that salbutamol metered dose inhalers are now supplied with a dose counter:

Asmol® Inhaler
Salbutamol 100mcg
ARTG 335970

Ventolin® Inhaler
Salbutamol 100mcg
ARTG 317221

The new dose counter will allow patients to view the number of doses remaining in their inhaler. This is expected to enable better monitoring of their medication usage and ensure there are doses remaining when required.

However, the new canister design may present issues in some clinical areas. Clinicians that remove the canisters from the inhaler for administration via an adaptor may find that the new canister does not fit the equipment previously used for this purpose. The canister from the new salbutamol inhaler can still be connected to ‘Connector 15M – 15F with MDI Insert’ from the Intersurgical brand.

Retain this notice in a prominent position, including in other related business units for one month. Report any problems identified with medicines, vaccines or medical devices to the TGA.

Should you require further information regarding this matter, please contact your pharmacist at HPS Pharmacies.

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