But the damn things do not work!! Nothing like finding out your inhaler needs to be cleaned because the ozone friendly inhaler clogged.
I have very mild asthma. These new inhalers are junk. I can’t imagine the panic of someone in a full-blown asthma attack reaching for one of these “rescue” inhalers only to find that it won’t.
Bunk and more bunk...
I tried one of the new ones, ProAir. It is MUCH more expensive than my old albuterol and doesn’t seem to work as well at all.
I’ve now found something else that works though. If anyone is in the same boat, you might want to try Combivent.
I use albuterol every night.
If I don’t take it, I don’t wake up.
I have been using the new inhalers for the past year. The quality of my life and the degree of activity I’m able to enjoy has been much reduced. I used to be able to run for two miles! Now I can barely jog half a block.
It’s the same medication, albuterol, but it’s driven out by a different propellant. Just doesn’t go as deeply into the lungs. VERY frustrating.
The only alternative is to get a nebulizer machine and some liquid albuterol and saline solution. This is what your doctor would do for you if you came into his office with a bronchospasm. The trouble is, of course, that you can’t take the nebulizer with you if you’re going on a hike or a camping trip, and it’s awkward to drag around even if you’re just going to the office. But when push comes to shove, it does work. No propellants, just drug + saline + air.
And take your inhaled steroids so you don’t need much in the way of bronchodilators.
Oh ... and the new inhalers are thought to triple the cost to the patient.
My 80 year old Mom needed one of these today. According to this news, she will be in trouble.
Geesh, I hate the people behind this crap.
Dang. My albuteral-using husband won’t be happy to learn this latest enviro-fascist news. Thanks for posting, though. Good to know.
It will be like the illegal toilets that are smuggled in from Canada. Unless they have been banned in Canada too. You never know with control freak idiots.
Albuterol has been available in HFA propellants for quite some time now. The real scandal is with salmeterol, which doesn’t adapt well to HFA. It’s been replaced in the U.S. by a dry powder form that the user sucks into the lungs—not nearly as effective as the aerosolized version. I know from experience. I used Serevent Inhaler for several years, and was asthma-free. When the aerosolized version went off the market, I was forced to use the dry-powder variant, which didn’t work anywhere near as well. I can no longer call myself asthma-free, thanks to efforts by Glaxo to “save the ozone layer.”
When did this come before the people for a vote?
If greenhouse gases is the biggest problem facing mankind, why are we trying to fix the ozone hole which just serves to keep all those greenhouse gases in???
screw the sick people, the mother earth needs more worshipping.
Aw crap, I need to get my albuterol inhalers now.
Save the asthma sufferers!
They won’t be happy until we’re living like a third world country. Except for themselves of course, the elite must live well so as to be able to take care of the rest of us. I read today that certain rat poisons are going to be banned beginning Oct.2009. Too dangerous for children,pets and wildlife. Tell that to the poor (that they care so much about) who have to live with them every day.
True! Those behind getting rid of CFC's will tell you that the rest of us can breathe easier, though. That might not be the best phraseology, but ... well ... you get what they mean.
Dupont, the company that discovered that CFC’s destroy the ozone layer, and introduced NEW refrigerants just when the Dupont patents on CFC’s were getting ready to expire, has decided to promote the Global Warming Hoax because there’s money out there for corporations that sell “solutions.”