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Spotlight on Asthma

Asthma in the Pharmacy

Asthma is a condition that affects the airways – the small tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs. The airways become over-sensitive, which means that they react to things that would normally not cause a problem, such as cold air or dust.

Ireland has the 4th highest rate of asthma in the world with over 470,000 people affected by this chronic lung condition. Recent studies have shown that up to 60% of Irish patients do not have their asthma under control with up to 14% of patients requiring a visit to A&E and 8% of patients admitted to hospital in the past year. However good control of asthma is possible for the majority of patients and can be achieved with help from the Asthma Society of Ireland and your healthcare professional. 

World Asthma Day is on Tuesday 2nd May and to mark this Sam McCauley Chemists are working with the Asthma Society of Ireland during the month of May to offer a number of “Asthma in the Pharmacy Days” in our stores. Nurse specialists from the Asthma Society of Ireland will be in store to provide advice, support and information on asthma and they will be happy to help you to understand and manage your asthma.

For more information on locations, dates and times that these will be running please see below.

Greystones 12/5/17
Cavan 19/5/17
Midleton 19/5/17
Waterford 25/5/17
Bunclody 25/5/17
Navan 2/6/17
Tipperary Town 13/6/17
Carlow (Shamrock) 16/6/17
Dungarvan 30/6/17
Wexford, Redmond Sq 7/7/17


Free inhaler technique checks during the month of May in all Sam McCauley Chemists

During the month of May, every Sam McCauley pharmacy will be providing FREE asthma consultations where your pharmacist will ensure that you are using your inhaler(s) correctly.

Ask your local Sam McCauley pharmacist about inhaler technique – are you using your inhaler correctly? A common reason for poor asthma control is poor inhaler technique. Your pharmacist can show you, in the privacy or our consultation room, how to use the different inhaler devices to enable you to get the most benefit from your medicines. He or she can also advise you on spacer devices for children and adults.

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