AstraZeneca is using technology to create sustainable inhalers

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AstraZeneca, a company specializing in the treatment of respiratory diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), is working to incorporate Honeywell’s Solstice Air technology, which is being evaluated for use as a medical propellant and has up to 99.9% lower GWP than propellants currently used in inhaled respiratory medications.

This non-flammable, near zero GWP, non-ozone depleting VOC propellant is currently in clinical development for pressurized metered dose inhalers (pMDIs). Solstice Air, a near-zero global warming potential (GWP) medical propellant for use in respiratory inhalers and developed by Honeywell, will be manufactured at a plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Today’s healthcare organizations face a rapidly accelerating array of ESG and climate-related challenges, including rising energy costs, physical disruptions, and a growing list of expectations from investors and investors. regulators, as well as physicians, patients and communities.

Until recently, ESG and sustainability issues were seen as secondary to the core missions of patient care and organizational survival, but it is becoming increasingly clear that these issues are intimately tied to the success of those core missions.

The healthcare industry is a major source of carbon emissions, with recent research from the World Bank and Health Care Without Harm estimating the sector’s emissions to exceed 2 gigatonnes, or roughly 4-5% of the global total. . In turn, these emissions can be important social determinants of health, aggravating respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, causing injury from natural and climate-related disasters, altering the distribution of food resources, and changing patterns of disease and infectious diseases.

Honeywell has invested more than a billion dollars in research, development and new capacity for its Solstice technology, having anticipated the need for lower GWP solutions to combat climate change more than a decade ago. Helping customers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency without sacrificing end-product performance, the Solstice product line includes refrigerants for supermarkets, air conditioning for cars and trucks, blowing agents for insulation, home and personal care propellants, and solvents. for cleaning solutions.

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