Friday, March 20, 2020

People in Mayo with asthma or COPD who are worried about their or a family member’s condition can contact the Asthma Society on 1800-445464 or see asthma.ie.

The Asthma Society of Ireland has called upon people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to refrain from stockpiling medicines during the Covid-19 crisis.
Over 10,000 people in Mayo suffer from asthma while over 14,000 are affected by COPD. The Asthma Society is assuring these people that there is no national shortage of asthma and COPD medication and encouraging patients to continue taking their preventative medication as prescribed.
Sarah O’Connor, CEO of the Asthma Society, said: “The Asthma Society has been liaising closely with the IPU, the HSE, the Department of Health and with various pharmaceutical companies who have reassured us that there is a good stock of asthma and COPD medications in Ireland. There is no need to order extra medicines than you need for the coming month. This will affect the supply of medicines for others. There is no disruption to the supply of medicines – our Irish supply chains are well-stocked, established and reliable.”
The HSE’s National Clinical Respiratory Programme and the Asthma Society are advising all people with asthma and COPD to visit asthma.ie for questions in relation to coronavirus and their condition.
The Society’s Asthma and COPD Adviceline is currently experiencing an unprecedented volume of calls in relation to the coronavirus.
“We are inundated with calls to our office and our free Adviceline service about the coronavirus,” continued Sarah O’Connor. “We are endeavouring to respond as quickly as possible, but there are delays. Please bear with us. We know how worried you are and we want to give you all the advice we can.”
The Society runs a free Asthma and COPD Adviceline on 1800-445464. Callers can speak to a specialist nurse to get practical advice about managing their or their child’s asthma triggers within the home.

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