Your local pharmacies may be experiencing a shortage of albuterol inhalation solution for nebulization due to supply chain issues. Albuterol inhalers are an available alternative and have been shown to be just as effective as nebulized treatments, if administered correctly. Pediatric patients should be prescribed a mask and spacer or a spacer alone for the administration of an albuterol-metered dose inhaler and receive education on proper administration technique. If a patient is using albuterol frequently, their asthma may not be well-controlled and the patient may benefit from initiation of a controller inhaler or a step up in therapy. A comprehensive guideline for the management of asthma is available below. The guideline includes patient education material that may be useful for inhaler technique education. For any questions about Partners For Kids prescribing guidelines, please contact PFKpharmacy@NationwideChildrens.org.
South Central / Southeast Region Guideline for the Management of Asthma