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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 7:03 am 
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"All asthma inhalers 'should include dose counters'
31 July 2006
Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2006; 97: 34–38


Many asthma suffers can potentially run out of life-saving medication because their metered-dose inhalers do not include a dose counter, study results show.

Writing in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Dr Nancy Sander, president of the Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics in Fairfax, Virginia, USA, and colleagues explain: "Pressurised metered-dose inhalers (pMDIs) are the cornerstone of asthma treatment. The pMDI is an economic and portable medication delivery system, but the device does not indicate how much medicine remains in the canister once a patient starts using it."..."

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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2006 11:01 am 
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hmmm... that makes a lot of sense, my advair shows me how much i have, but my bercanyl (rescue inhaler) has a bit that goes orange when it's out, there is no way of telling when it is full as apposed to empty, or how much you have left till the indicator goes orange, it's a pain in the butt cause i never know when in the heck i need to buy a new one, makes it VERY hard to budget which cheque i can afford the inhaler with...


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 11, 2007 7:59 pm 
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I just received an e-mail as part of an information service from the FDA and aparently Flovent will be distributed with counters now. I don't know if it is only in the USA or if it is in Canada as well.
http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/SAFETY/2006 ... tm#Flovent

For more information regarding this service see:
http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2007 2:01 pm 
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THAT is very cool. I suspect we throw our Flovent out when there is still some medication in it, but we'd rather be safe than sorry...!

Any indication about Ventolin? That would be just as important, if not more so...

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