Metered-dose inhaler certified 'carbon-neutral'

Luforbec (beclometasone/formoterol) has been certified 'carbon-neutral', the manufacturer has announced.

A photo of the white and pink Luforbec inhaler.
Luforbec 100/6 pMDI combines the inhaled corticosteroid beclometasone and the long-acting β2 agonist formoterol in an extrafine formulation equivalent to Fostair 100/6 pMDI. | LUPIN HEALTHCARE

Updated 23rd May 2022

This article was edited on 23rd May to avoid any implication that Luforbec is a low-carbon inhaler.

Following a third-party life-cycle assessment to quantify the carbon footprint of Luforbec 'from cradle to grave' - including its manufacture, distribution, use and disposal - the manufacturer Lupin Healthcare says it has offset the carbon emissions associated with the pressurised metered-dose inhaler (pMDI). 

Further information

View Luforbec drug record

Luforbec, which is therapeutically equivalent to Fostair 100/6 pMDI, has a carbon footprint of 11.42–12.15kg CO2 equivalent per inhaler. Lupin Healthcare says it has invested in a renewable energy initiative, the Zhangbei Manjing Wind Farm near Beijing, to offset these emissions.

Metered-dose inhaler

The Luforbec pMDI device is similar to the Fostair pMDI, providing 120 metered doses of 100 microgram beclometasone dipropionate and 6 microgram formoterol dihydrate. It includes a dose indicator and can be used with the AeroChamber Plus spacer for patients who find it difficult to synchronise aerosol actuation with inhalation. 

MIMS recently published a table to help healthcare professionals compare the carbon footprints of asthma and COPD inhalers, and has also introduced a leaf symbol to highlight dry-powder and soft-mist inhalers, which have significantly lower carbon footprints than pMDIs.  

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