Prescribing for Population Health (PPH) is an ongoing series that aims to support ICSs to improve the health of the populations they serve. PPHs use prescribing data, biomedical literature and other data sources to provide new insights.
The impact of climate change on health is increasing, as global warming continues to rise. 1 Within the health and social care sector, pressurised metered dose inhalers (pMDIs) and breath-actuated pMDIs (BA-pMDIs) have been identified as a significant contributing factor to the NHS carbon footprint.
This publication reviews current inhaler prescribing in the context of global warming potential data, and highlights interventions which should be considered by health systems.
There are three versions of this publication; please select the appropriate version for your region below.
The RDTC has also produced a carbon impact assessment tool for inhalers.
Comparison tables are produced for prescribers and medicines management teams. They are designed to assist in prescribing and decision-making within a specific therapeutic area.
Long-acting muscarinic antagonists (LAMAs) and long-acting beta2 agonists (LABAs) are available in a variety of combination inhaler devices. This comparison table allows prescribers and other healthcare professionals to easily compare the characteristics of these medicines.
For information on the carbon impact of inhalers, see our Prescribing for Population Health publications.