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Asthma inhalers for schools

24th April 2014
Currently schools are not allowed to hold spare blue reliever inhalers because they are prescribed medicine.

inhalerHowever, new plans are being made to change this. Asthma UK say that currently over one million pupils are at risk form hospital admissions or even death.

The Department of Health (DH) confirmed that a public consultation on the change in regulations would be launched, but did not specify a timescale.

Now the Medicines and Healthcare Products regulatory agency (MHRA) says the consultation will also look at providing guidance for the schools on the use of the devices. This will allow for them to be kept in first-aid kits as early as next year.

Tory MP Margot James said: "I am delighted that the MHRA has now launched a consultation on this issue and I certainly encourage all interested parties to respond."

A DH spokesperson said final details of the consultation were being agreed upon and that it would be published "shortly".

Three-quarters of the many daily child emergency admissions due to asthma are believed to be avoidable given better management of the condition at school or in the home.

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