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Asthma inhalers recalled in device alert

Three batches of Ventolin Accuhaler and Seretide Accuhaler asthma inhalers have been recalled because they do not deliver the full number of doses.

The MHRA – the body that regulates the devices – warned that patients may find their symptoms are not relieved as normal.

People with affected inhalers should take them to their pharmacy and get a replacement, it said.

The fault is the result of a manufacturing problem.

The two affected batches of Ventolin Accuhaler and the one affected batch of Seretide were distributed to the UK market. They are manufactured by Glaxo Wellcome UK Limited.

Only a small proportion of the units are defective.

They are:

  • Ventolin 200mcg – Accuhaler 1x60D, 786G, exp 05/2019
  • Ventolin 200mcg – Accuhaler 1x60D, 754P, exp 05/2019
  • Seretide 50/250mcg – Accuhaler 1x60D, 5K8W, exp 04/2019

Other asthma inhalers, including the more commonly used Ventolin Evohaler, are not affected.

The Seretide Accuhaler, used for maintenance treatment as opposed to a reliever treatment, is being recalled from hospitals and pharmacies, retailers and wholesalers across the UK.

Bernadette Sinclair Jenkins, from the Medicines & Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), said:

It is important people check whether they have an affected inhaler. We want patients and their families to be confident treatment will be safe and effective when required.

Dr Andy Whittamore, clinical lead at Asthma UK and a practising GP, said it was “extremely worrying” and “could put people’s lives at risk”.

The Ventolin inhalers are reliever inhalers and so are used by people while they are experiencing asthma symptoms such as a cough, breathlessness, wheezing or a tight chest. If someone’s inhaler is faulty they may find it doesn’t help which could be frightening and mean they’re more likely to have an asthma attack.

He added:

We’d urge everyone with asthma to check if their inhaler is from the affected batch by checking the number on the bottom of their inhaler. If it is affected, they should get medical advice and return the inhaler to their pharmacist for a replacement.

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6 Responses

  1. umelcom says:

    I work in a Pharmacy as a technician, and we have already had quite a few patients come in with complaints of their inhalers not working properly. Our pharmacy is relieved to hear that there has been a recall in the affected batch, and we are also glad to hear it was only a small batch of the medication. Ventolin inhalers are a relatively popular brand of asthma inhalers. So, you would think that the company would have higher safety precautions during production.

  2. xobe says:

    Well that;s the problem. Some manufacturers are not following strict compliance wherein their products results to inaccurate. Patient is the one who will suffer from their illness due to lack of curements. Inhalers is the most intact that affects easily our brains so we must be careful using it.

  3. MomoStarr16 says:

    That will be really a big problem if major manufacturers are just like that. Our lives will be in danger without knowing they are doing some thing that we may cause bad effect in our body. This article are a bit scary for me. Good for me I don’t use inhalers.

  4. jaclynkate says:

    I’m an asthmatic person, and its in our family. I used before an inhaler when my asthma attacks. But as long I can overcome it, i prefer not use, because I don’t want to depend it on inhaler. My brother and uncle are the one who always use inhaler because they have severe asthma. And, we’re not looking for the info’s, as long as we bought them from the trusted pharmacy.Hope the manufacturer will check their product, because it’s all about the health of the person who are using. I’m going to see/read the batch number of the inhaler that my brother and uncle were using. And also tell my other relatives and friends about this.

  5. GraceElynna says:

    I am an asthmatic person. In our family, there are four of us who has asthma. We use Seretide as maintenance for our recurring asthma. We usually take two puffs per day. This post is quite alarming for me since Seretide is included in the list of defective Accuhalers. I really hope the pharmaceutical company will take full responsibility for their error. Asthma is a deathly illness and inaccuracy in the medication may lead to the death of the people using it. I have many relatives who has died of asthma that’s why I always have my inhaler and accuhaler with me. That’s why this article is very alarming to me.

  6. Before distributing the inhalers to any country nor hospitals, there should always be a Quality Test always. Because it isn’t only one patient that will be affected because of the fault but many specially if they are children. Like my kids, they are both asthmatic and as a mother I want that they will get rid of their sickness as soon as possible but if there’s a problem on inhalers being distributed by the manufacturers then I will be very much worrying because instead of getting well it may lead to them to more danger.

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