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Access to salbutamol inhalers to be debated by MPs

24 November 2021

On Monday 29 November, MPs will debate a petition relating to access to salbutamol inhalers.

Nick Fletcher MP, a member of the Petitions Committee, has been asked by the Committee to open the debate. MPs from all parties can take part, and the Government will send a minister to respond.

To allow non-prescribed storage of Salbutamol Inhalers in Commercial Kitchens

The petition, which has more than 102,000 signatures, states: “In 2014 the Human Medicines Act was amended so that schools could keep emergency stocks of salbutamol inhalers without prescription. Asthma is increasing in the UK and we believe that adult sufferers of Asthma working in high-risk commercial kitchens should have similar life-saving support.”

In response to the petition, provided on 25 August 2021, the Government said: “Asthma inhalers are a mainstay of treatment and access to prescribed inhalers can save lives. The Licensing Authority can consider evidence to support a specific exemption to supply controls.”

What are petitions debates?

Petitions debates are 'general' debates which allow MPs from all parties to discuss the important issues raised by one or more petitions, and put their concerns to Government Ministers.

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