Why it matters: The NHS has committed to reducing its carbon footprint by 80% by 2028 to 2032, including a shift to lower carbon inhalers. Dry powder inhalers (DPIs) and other newer types of inhalers like soft mist inhalers are less harmful to the environment than traditional metered dose inhalers (MDIs).
The NHS England National Medicines Optimisation Opportunities for 2023/24 identify reducing carbon emissions from inhalers as an area for improvement.
NICE has produced a inhaler decision aid to facilitiate discussion about inhaler options.
Description: MDIs prescribed as a proportion of all inhalers in BNF Chapter 3, excluding salbutamol
Sub-ICB Locations are ordered by mean percentile over the past six months. Each chart shows the results for the individual Sub-ICB Location, plus deciles across all Sub-ICB Locations in the NHS in England.