Restrictions placed on schools put asthmatic children at risk

School children are left without easy access to inhalers due to regulations stopping spare medication being kept on-site


Two-thirds of asthmatic children have had an asthma attack at school, a study of 200 kids by Asthma UK shows. However, schools aren’t legally allowed to keep a spare inhaler on-site because they’re a prescription-only medicine.


The charity Asthma UK warns that asthmatic kids could have an attack at school, with no medication on hand. Of the 200 children surveyed, 55% said they didn’t know where their inhaler was kept or how to get it.

Emily Humphreys, head of policy and public affairs at Asthma UK, explained, “These medicines are very safe but going without them can be very dangerous.” Emily is keen to see the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) remove restrictions on schools being able to have an inhaler in their First Aid kits.

Children can easily forget their medication or not be aware that its run out. Reports reveal that 1.1 million British children suffer from asthma and more than 30,000 are admitted to hospital each year.

The MHRA insisted, “In the interests of patient safety, asthma inhalers should only be supplied on prescription to the individual named, for his or her own use”, reports the Metro newspaper.


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