New Zealand asthma guidelines support use of environmentally friendly inhalers

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New Zealand asthma guidelines support use of environmentally friendly inhalers

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Guest contributor

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Switching to dry-powder inhalers is an excellent way to start minimising the environmental impacts of providing healthcare

CLINICAL COMMENT

It is reassuring to see that the new guidelines for asthma management in New Zealand should help both patients and the environment, although an increased awareness of the environmental impact of prescribing is essential

Dermot Coffey

Key points, Metered-dose inhalers contain hydrofluorocarbons, which are potent climate change gases; dry-powder inhalers have a much lower carbon footprint. MDI