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Using asthma inhalers can give false positive results in breath tests

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7340.756/e (Published 30 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:756
  1. Xavier Bosch
  1. Barcelona

    Spanish researchers have shown that asthma inhalers can give readings in breath alcohol tests that are, in most cases, above the legal limit fixed by Spanish traffic police.

    Most worrying is the fact that aerosols without ethanol as the vehicle produced false positive results, says University of Cádiz pharmacologist Juan Manuel Ignacio-García, lead author of the report (Medicina Clinica 2002;118:332-4).

    The study was on 60 volunteers with asthma attending the Hospital Comarcal de Ronda in Cádiz. Ten minutes before the participants were given …

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