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AstraZeneca recalls NebuChamber respiratory devices

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Respiratory nurses should contact all patients who have received a NebuChamber inhalation aid, manufactured by AstraZeneca, and ask them to return the device, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has said.

The NebuChamber device contains a one-way valve, and it is essential that the frosted end of the mouthpiece is attached to the spacer, the agency said.

After receiving reports that the mouthpiece can be attached the wrong way – which the MHRA has described as ‘clinically significant’ - AstraZeneca is recalling all stock of the inhalation devices with immediate effect.

No new patients should be offered the NebuChamber, but if an alternative device or treatment is not available or suitable for those currently using one, nurses should emphasise the importance of assembling the device correctly, the MHRA said.

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