The new leaf symbol, recently introduced in the print edition of MIMS, is now also appearing online to highlight dry-powder and soft-mist inhalers - which have a carbon footprint around 18 times lower than metered-dose inhalers.
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Unlike metered-dose inhalers, dry-powder and soft-mist inhalers do not contain hydrofluorocarbon propellants, which are potent greenhouse gases.
Appearing within the individual inhaler entries and visual guide listings, and in the drug search results on mims.co.uk, the leaf helps healthcare professionals see instantly which devices have a lower carbon footprint. Users can click on the leaf for an explanation of its meaning.
In line with NICE guidance, the leaf is intended to help prescribers opt for the most environmentally friendly option when faced with a choice of suitable devices, as part of a shared decision made with the patient. In more specific guidance, Greener Practice suggests that prescribers offer a dry-powder or soft-mist inhaler as first choice when clinically appropriate.
For healthcare professionals who are interested in more detailed information on the carbon footprints of asthma and COPD inhalers, MIMS recently published a table of carbon emissions for all devices available in the UK.