Advice for healthcare professionals:
- train patients in the correct use of their inhaler; a placebo device is available for training purposes (see below) and instructions for patients are provided in the patient information leaflet and on the carton
- tell patients to store capsules in the screw-cap bottle provided (never in the inhaler) and to always check the mouthpiece is clear before inhaling
- pharmacists dispensing Braltus capsules should remind patients to always read the instructions for use in the package leaflet and that they must never place a capsule directly into the mouthpiece
- please continue to report adverse incidents during use of the inhaler as well as suspected adverse reactions to the medicine on a Yellow Card
Braltus tiotropium 10 µg per delivered dose inhalation powder is a once-a-day maintenance bronchodilator treatment authorised to relieve symptoms in adults with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The inhalation powder is provided in capsules for inhalation using the Zonda inhaler device.
Reports of patients who have inhaled capsules into the back of the throat
We have received 2 Yellow Card reports of patients who have inhaled a Braltus capsule from the mouthpiece into the back of the throat. Both patients coughed up the capsule and recovered from the event. Health professionals have also observed that some patients have placed the capsule into the mouthpiece during training to use the inhaler device.
It is essential that patients know never to place a capsule directly into the mouthpiece (see diagram in package leaflet). To obtain a placebo device, please contact Teva Medical Information on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 540 7117.
Call for reporting
Please continue to report adverse incidents during use of the inhaler, as well as suspected adverse reactions to the medicine, on a Yellow Card.
Medication incidents where no harm has occurred should continue to be reported via local risk management systems.
Article citation: Drug Safety Update volume 11 issue 10; May 2018: 2.