“Pressurized metered-dose inhalers (pMDIs) are the largest single contributors to pharmaceutical-related greenhouse gas emissions.” Jaswani & Azapagic, 2019
Did you know that 100 doses of a metered-dose inhaler are estimated to have the same carbon footprint as a 260 km car ride? The environmental impact of inhalers can be significantly reduced, and better respiratory management can be achieved with four simple actions – using spirometry for accurate diagnosis, teaching good inhaler technique, ensuring proper disposal of inhalers and considering inhaler options with a smaller carbon footprint.
This toolkit consists of an article reviewing the literature, posters, and a comparison of available inhalers by cost/dose and Alberta Blue Cross coverage. We hope you find it helpful!