Health Canada reports of shortages of inhalers

OTTAWA | Facing shortages of a drug used for breathing problems, Health Canada encourages Canadians to ensure they have this product for a month and allow more time for the renewal of their orders.

“Due to an increase in the demand for inhalers of salbutamol caused by the pandemic COVID-19, it was reported shortages and a limited supply of the product in Canada,” said the ministry on Friday, by issuing a press release, assuring to take measures to remedy this lack.

Salbutamol is used to relieve the symptoms of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Despite the supply problems, Health Canada is asking Canadians who suffer from respiratory disorders to continue to take the dose recommended by their physician.

“You can control your symptoms and have less need for albuterol to relieve acute symptoms,” explained the ministry.

We advise you also to those concerned to ensure we have a one-month supply of inhalers and do not have access to a greater quantity of drugs than necessary.

“Don’t buy more drugs than usual in order to prevent shortages and to ensure that all Canadians continue to have access to the medicines they need,” said Health Canada.

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