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Inadequate quality of administration of intranasal corticosteroid sprays

Authors Rollema C, van Roon EN, de Vries TW

Received 21 October 2018

Accepted for publication 21 January 2019

Published 3 April 2019 Volume 2019:12 Pages 91—94


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewer comments 2

Editor who approved publication: Dr Amrita Dosanjh

Corine Rollema,1,2 Eric N van Roon,1,2 Tjalling W de Vries3

1Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology, Medical Centre Leeuwarden, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands; 2Groningen Research Institute of Pharmacy, Department Pharmaco therapy, Epidemiology and Economy, University of Groningen, Groningen, The Netherlands; 3Department of Paediatrics, Medical Centre Leeuwarden, Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

Purpose: Considering the fact that many mistakes are still being made by asthmatic patients when inhaling lung medication, it is important to gain insight into current techniques used to administer intranasal corticosteroid sprays (INCS) in allergic rhinitis patients. In this study, we aimed to get insight into daily use of INCS and to determine if improvement of the technique is required.
Patients and methods: A checklist, based on available patient information leaflets (PILs) and literature, was used to determine the participants’ application of the techniques used to administer INCS. These applied techniques were compared with steps described in PILs and recommended essential steps.
Results: In the overall population (64 participants) four participants (6%) carried out all steps as described in the PIL and seven participants (11%) carried out all recommended essential steps.
Conclusion: The technique used to administer INCS is inadequate. Uniform and generally applicable instructions are needed and patients using INCS should be guided better.

Keywords: intranasal corticosteroid sprays, allergic rhinitis, administration techniques, quality of administration

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