The PSA guidance document Guidance for provision of a Pharmacist Only medicine–Short-acting beta₂ agonists (salbutamol and terbutaline)2 assists in responding appropriately to a request for an inhaler and/or relief of bronchospasm.
After reading this article, pharmacists should be able to:
Competencies (2016) addressed: 1.1.3, 1.1.4, 1.2.1, 1.3.1, 1.3.3, 2.1.2, 2.3.1, 3.1.1, 3.2.5, 3.5.2.
Competencies (2010) addressed: 1.1.1, 1.1.3, 1.2.1, 1.3.1, 2.1.1, 4.2.1, 4.3.3, 7.3.3.
Fabio, a distressed 20-year-old accompanied by his girlfriend comes into your pharmacy to ask for a salbutamol puffer. He appears wheezy and his girlfriend is concerned. On questioning, he is recovering from a cold. He consults you about obtaining a puffer for immediate relief, and in case it is needed again.
How can you respond to this request appropriately and safely for the patient?
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