Asthma sufferers given urgent advice over UK inhaler shortage

Asthma sufferers who use the Bricanyl Turbohaler have been given urgent advice because stocks of the inhaler are extremely low in the UK.

There are likely to be a few weeks without a supply, the charity Asthma UK warned.

The inhaler’s manufacturer is working to get its production line back up and running "as quickly as possible", but some users may run out before that happens.

The shortage doesn’t affect all Turbohalers, just the Bricanyl ones.

Asthma UK is urging Bricanyl Turbohaler users to check their supply of medicine, make an appointment with a GP to get a recommendation for an alternative before theirs runs out, keep taking their preventer inhaler and "try not to worry".

Dr Andy Whittamore, Asthma UK’s in-house GP, said supplies won’t be restocked for a few weeks.

He wrote: "If you use a Bricanyl Turbohaler as the reliever inhaler for your asthma, we need you to know that stocks are very low in the UK at the moment.

"This doesn’t affect all Turbohalers – just the Bricanyl ones.

"The manufacturers have confirmed to us that there are likely to be a few weeks (from November 2018) without a supply – but that they are working on getting the production line up and running as quickly as possible."

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