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The importance of Asthma inhalers

Approximately 5.4 million children and adults within the UK suffer from Asthma. Over 1400 people in 2016 died from Asthma. The number of people with Asthma is considered to be high, and therefore, NHS spends about a billion pounds a year to treat and care for individuals suffering from Asthma.

The most common symptoms of asthma are:

  • Coughing;
  • Wheezing;
  • Tight feeling in the chest;
  • Breathlessness.

Asthma cannot be cured, however, symptoms can be controlled so that individuals suffering from Asthma can live as normal and active as possible. This is normally done with Asthma Inhalers.

Asthma Inhalers are there to:

  • Relieve the symptoms; and
  • Stop developing further symptoms.

There is various different type of Asthma Inhalers that are currently prescribed to patients, one of them being Ventolin and Seretide Accuhalers.

It has recently been reported three batches of these Asthma Inhalers that were distributed to UK market have been recalled. This was as a result of a manufacturing problem, i.e. the recalled Asthma Inhalers did not deliver the full amount of doses meaning that some patients may find that their symptoms were not treated as normal.

It has been advised that people should take these Asthma Inhalers to Pharmacy for them to be replaced with a new fully functioning one. Ventolin Evohaler is more commonly prescribed to patients. This type of Asthma Inhaler was not affected.

Dr Any Whittamore, Clinical Head of Asthma UK said: “The Ventolin Inhalers are reliever inhalers and so are used by people while they are experiencing asthma symptoms such as 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.

Clinical Negligence Team at Swain & Co Solicitors are of the view that this situation is worrying. People with Asthma heavily rely on these Inhalers and the fact that some were not fully functioning allegedly put patients’ lives at risk.

The Clinical Negligence team at Swain & Co Solicitors regularly win compensation for their clients who have experienced substandard treatment or a failure to provide treatment. If you, a family member or a friend have experienced problems regarding substandard medical treatment contact our team today on 0292 483 322.

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