Skip to comments.OTC inhalers to be phased out to protect ozone layer
Posted on 09/22/2011 11:41:44 AM PDT by Mount Athos
Asthma patients who rely on over-the-counter inhalers will need to switch to prescription-only alternatives as part of the federal government's latest attempt to protect the Earth's atmosphere.
The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday patients who use the epinephrine inhalers to treat mild asthma will need to switch by Dec. 31 to other types that do not contain chlorofluorocarbons, an aerosol substance once found in a variety of spray products.
The action is part of an agreement signed by the U.S. and other nations to stop using substances that deplete the ozone layer, a region in the atmosphere that helps block harmful ultraviolet rays from the Sun.
But the switch to a greener inhaler will cost consumers more. Epinephrine inhalers are available via online retailers for around $20, whereas the alternatives, which contain the drug albuterol, range from $30 to $60.
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Ozone Hole was a scam.
This is the proof.
I’d rather suck up CFC’s than Albuterol.
And WHO owns the company that will be making the new PRESCRIPTION ONLY inhalers? They wouldn’t happen to be a DNC donor also, would they?
The switch to greener ANYTHING always costs the consumers more. That's the whole point of the environmental con game, seems to me.
Costs more green to go green.
I thought solar was the future?!?!
Neil Boortz will go postal over this.
He was on an inhaler as a kid. Several times in the past the govt has tried to do this, and Boortz just lost it. He will use his show as a platform to fight this tooth and nail.
“The action is part of an agreement signed by the U.S. and other nations to stop using substances that deplete the ozone layer, a region in the atmosphere that helps block harmful ultraviolet rays from the Sun. “
Anyone seen any proof that the reduction in release of CFC’s has changed the ‘ozone holes’ above the poles (which are there for a reason), or increased the amount of ozone in the atmosphere?
I don’t think the article is correct. It’s not epinephrine versus albuterol but CFC versus non CFC inhalers.
Used to be able to buy the albuterol inhalers that contained the CFC’s for about $4.00. The new non-CFC albuterol inhalers are almost 10 times as much.
crap like this is what causes drug shortages.......
This really irks me. I cannot stand the prescription versions. You can’t tell if you’ve inhaled anything so you wind up doing multiple puffs which causes it to run out before the prescription can be renewed.
I tried them two years ago and after a few months switched back to the OTC version (Primatene). Prescription albuterol costs two to three times as much. It is covered by insurance but not paid for until you have satisfied your deductible. So it takes 6 or 8 months before you are not out of pocket. And at the end of the year it all starts over.
So the government, claiming to be acting in my best interest is making it harder to breathe. Big government is suffocating. Literally.
I smell a new entitlement program.
Bullsh!t ... If there are 310,000,000 people living in America, what percentage have asthma? Five percent? Less? Of those, how many use over-the-counter inhalers? Ten or twenty percent? How much damaging material can be inside such small containers?
This is big brother stepping harder on our collective neck. The only fix to all this is to reduce the size of the Federal Dragon to something that can be lived with! If not, the dragon will continue seize its prey.
Environmentalist Motto: “Saving The Sky, One Dead Body At A Time”
Has anyone found a “green” product that is superior or even equivalent to the evil non-green product? I can’t think of one example. In fact, I just picked up some TSP so that my “green” dishwasher soap will actually clean my dishes instead of leaving them cloudy, dirty and greasy.
I’m hating my government more and more every day!
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