Three batches of Ventolin Accuhaler and Seretide Accuhaler asthma inhalers have been recalled as they are not delivering the full dose to users!
The regulatory body for these devices, referred to as the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Agency) has stated that asthma sufferers may find that their symptoms aren’t eased as much as usual due to these faulty batches, the result of a manufacturing error.
Bernadette Sinclair Jenkins from the MHRA has stated:
“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.”
Which batches are affected?
The two affected batches are manufactured by Glaxo Wellcome UK Limited and only a small proportion are thought to be defective.
- 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 so don’t panic if this is the one that you or your child uses.
My batch is affected – what do I do!?
People with affected inhalers should take them to their chemist/pharmacy and get their inhaler replaced.