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Life-changing new treatment welcomed by Stafford cystic fibrosis sufferer

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: November 20, 2012

Tobi Podhaler

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A STAFFORD sufferer of cystic fibrosis has welcomed a new inhaler which is set to revolutionise the treatment of the disease.

Jessica Jones, who also works as policy adviser for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust (CFT), says the Tobi Podhaler will knock hours a day off treatment.

Normally the medication would be dispensed from a huge nebuliser, taking about two hours every day. But the new inhaler, which has been approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, takes just minutes to use.

“The actual medication is the same as you previously took through nebulisers but it’s the way it’s taken that’s revolutionary,” said the 24-year-old, who lives in Rowley Park.

“It’s really quick, convenient and portable. It takes a couple of breaths to do it rather than sitting with a gigantic nebuliser twice a day. Anything that can reduce the burden of treatment and enable people to live a normal life is very welcome.”

She added: “Normally you would have to spend a couple of hours a day with various nebulisers. You would have to get up about an hour earlier before going to work, that’s not an under estimate.

"Now it takes two or three minutes twice a day. You can just throw it in a handbag. It does help you stick to it as it’s so convenient.”

For information contact www.cftrust.org.uk

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