Medicines containing salbutamol (also known under the brand names Ventolin, Asmol or Airomir) are an important part of treatment for people with breathing conditions such as asthma. They are available as prescription medicines, but can also be purchased over the counter at pharmacies.
To make sure that stocks of this important medicine remain available for people who need them, over-the-counter sales will be limited to one unit per person per purchase.
In addition pharmacists have been asked to only sell these medicines to people who have a medically diagnosed breathing condition or who have bought these medicines from them before.
You can find more information on the TGA website