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'Switch to CFC-free inhalers'

The Chief Medical Officer has asked GPs to take immediate steps to switch all patients on salbutamol inhalers containing CFCs to a CFC-free alternative.

Professor Sir Liam Donaldson warned manufacturers were now banned from placing CFC-containing inhalers on the UK market and existing stocks would soon run out.

But he said there was still 'a significant number of patients' using salbutamol metered dose inhalers containing CFCs.

The CMO said patients should be reassured CFC-free inhalers were equally safe and effective, despite differences in taste, temperature and pharyngeal impact.

He advised GPs to tell patients their inhaler was being changed to meet environmental requirements.

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