Harold is collecting the inhalers you dispense for his chronic bronchitis.
“Tell me something, should I be using my brown inhaler in the winter?” he asks. “I had to wait for my prescription to be signed at the GP surgery just now and saw in one of the magazines they have in the waiting room that people who use steroid inhalers are more likely to get pneumonia.”
“A friend, Jim, has just had it and he was so ill, he nearly died! He only came out of hospital yesterday and he’d been in for two weeks.”
Is this risk real?
The magazine article Harold read may have referred to a review conducted by the European Medicines Agency’s Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) earlier this year.