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OTC inhalers to be phased out to protect ozone layer
AP ^ | 9/22/2011 | MATTHEW PERRONE

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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1 posted on 09/22/2011 11:41:47 AM PDT by Mount Athos
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To: steelyourfaith

Ping.


2 posted on 09/22/2011 11:44:18 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Mount Athos

Ozone Hole was a scam.
This is the proof.
The payoff....................


3 posted on 09/22/2011 11:44:18 AM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: Mount Athos

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?


4 posted on 09/22/2011 11:44:58 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Mount Athos
But the switch to a greener inhaler will cost consumers more

The switch to greener ANYTHING always costs the consumers more. That's the whole point of the environmental con game, seems to me.

5 posted on 09/22/2011 11:45:42 AM PDT by Argus
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To: AngieGal

ping


6 posted on 09/22/2011 11:46:17 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: Argus

Costs more green to go green.


7 posted on 09/22/2011 11:46:54 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Mount Athos
"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."

I thought solar was the future?!?!

8 posted on 09/22/2011 11:47:02 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Mount Athos

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.


9 posted on 09/22/2011 11:47:13 AM PDT by Brookhaven
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To: Mount Athos

“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?


10 posted on 09/22/2011 11:47:45 AM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: Mount Athos

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.

Total scam.


11 posted on 09/22/2011 11:51:20 AM PDT by bereanway
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To: Mount Athos

crap like this is what causes drug shortages.......


12 posted on 09/22/2011 11:53:30 AM PDT by GotMojo
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To: Mount Athos

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.


13 posted on 09/22/2011 11:54:05 AM PDT by newheart (When does policy become treason?)
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To: Army Air Corps

I smell a new entitlement program.


14 posted on 09/22/2011 11:59:32 AM PDT by poobear (Facts, the TURD in the punchbowl of Liberal thought!)
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To: Army Air Corps

15 posted on 09/22/2011 12:00:09 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Mount Athos

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.


16 posted on 09/22/2011 12:00:44 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: Mount Athos

Environmentalist Motto: “Saving The Sky, One Dead Body At A Time”


17 posted on 09/22/2011 12:02:15 PM PDT by Lazamataz
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To: Jack Hydrazine

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.


18 posted on 09/22/2011 12:22:27 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: Mount Athos

I’m hating my government more and more every day!


19 posted on 09/22/2011 12:34:32 PM PDT by Chas19 (Scotty beam me up, this planet sucks!)
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To: boop
This works really well unless they've changed the formula:


20 posted on 09/22/2011 12:36:42 PM PDT by Errant
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To: boop

Heh, I tried some of the “green” dishwasher detergent and I ended up throwing half of the bottle away. Worthless crap left everything including the dishwasher cloudy, scum coated, and half clean.


21 posted on 09/22/2011 12:39:06 PM PDT by RJS1950 (The democrats are the "enemies foreign and domestic" cited in the federal oath)
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To: boop
I only use this to wash my HD or 172RG.


22 posted on 09/22/2011 12:39:56 PM PDT by Errant
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To: Mount Athos
If it saves just one tree frog it will be worth all the asthma related deaths.
Beat it, kid!, you were wasting oxygen anyway. /s
23 posted on 09/22/2011 12:55:54 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Mount Athos

CFC’s are 7 times heavier than air. In a room CFC will drop to the ground.

Honestly, how much does CFC delivered asthma relief affect the atmosphere?

Sigh.....


24 posted on 09/22/2011 12:58:30 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Mount Athos

The EPA, several years ago changed the propellent for Albuterol and ran the cost of a inhaler through the roof. The cost under Part D is well over $100 but WalMart has a generic but it cost $60. Before the government got involved I was paying under $15 per inhaler. Sure wish the government wouldn’t try to help. Oh, one more thing, the new ones aren’t as good as the old cheap ones.


25 posted on 09/22/2011 1:03:47 PM PDT by engrpat (A village in Kenya is missing their idiot...lets send him back)
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To: Mount Athos

http://www.primatene.com/doc/PressRelease07-27-2011.pdf

26 posted on 09/22/2011 1:05:26 PM PDT by Bobalu (More rubble, less trouble)
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To: boop

There is ad running on the Hulu web site that asks for donations to africa for mosquito netting to help combat malaria. Why don’t they just lift the ban on DDT? Left wingers are all as crazy as a sh** house mouse.


27 posted on 09/22/2011 1:18:23 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Mount Athos

Also include the price of an office call now to get a scrip.


28 posted on 09/22/2011 1:25:31 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: calex59

Yes, imagine how many black people would be alive today if DDT weren’t banned. But that gets back to the inherent racism of the left.


29 posted on 09/22/2011 1:30:53 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: Argus

30 posted on 09/22/2011 1:43:14 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Mount Athos

I like my epi inhaler, I don’t want to use albuterol, this really sucks, I guess the greenies will get their wish and kill me off after all, just one more denier no longer wasting their precious air.


31 posted on 09/22/2011 1:52:35 PM PDT by VTenigma
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To: Mount Athos

Idiots.

Is it the FDA or the EPA? And they wonder why drugmakers are leaving, too? If they change the formulation, even the accelrant, how much $$$$ do they have to spend to get it back through the FDA’s labyrinthian (and crooked)approval cycle???

Easier to just discontinue the product...


32 posted on 09/22/2011 2:09:52 PM PDT by SueRae (I can see November 2012 from my HOUSE!!!!!!!!)
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To: Army Air Corps; golux; tubebender; Fractal Trader; Genesis defender; 4horses+amule; Carlucci; ...
As if one Dark Ages of superstition wasn't enough for humanity.

Thanx for the ping Army Air Corps !

 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

33 posted on 09/22/2011 3:16:02 PM PDT by steelyourfaith (If it's "green" ... it's crap !!!)
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To: SueRae
As a doctor I HATE these regs put out by the EPA. Albuterol is a perfectly fine drug that did what it was supposed to do, help patients with an acute asthma attack or COPD. Now I have to specifically write for the politically correct version. Does anyone seriously think that an asthmatic is causing serious harm to "mother earth" by using a perfectly safe medicine?

Even if people have to die, it's a small price to pay for making the eco-fascists feel good about themselves.

34 posted on 09/22/2011 3:37:42 PM PDT by boop ("Let's just say they'll be satisfied with LESS"... Ming the Merciless)
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To: UCANSEE2
Anyone seen any proof that the reduction in release of CFC’s has changed the ‘ozone holes’

Has anyone even heard of the Ozone holes in the past 5 to 10 years?

35 posted on 09/22/2011 3:41:02 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (ui)
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To: Red Badger; backhoe

There are a number of people out there who are convinced that the whole thing was a scam because the patents were running out on the common CFC refrigerants. R-11, R-12, R-22, etc.

I think backhoe is one of them.

I have my doubts about the matter as well.

We certainly shot ourselves in the foot on air conditioning energy efficiency on the changeover.


36 posted on 09/22/2011 4:36:42 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; albertp; Alexander Rubin; Allosaurs_r_us; amchugh; ...



Libertarian ping! Click here to get added or here to be removed or post a message here!
37 posted on 09/22/2011 4:50:42 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: FreedomPoster
We now know the CFC ban was based upon very bad science. They assumed the UV output from the sun was a constant. We now know that it varies up to 6 % during the solar cycle. And during the last minimum we just left, it was much lower then the previous minimum. Less UV means less ozone creation. So the holes should be very big and they are even though we have banned CFC’s. Look we are being ruled by cronies. Almost everything out of DC is a flat out lie utilized to raise money for the cronies. We will never see truth out of DC again. They will never admit the CFC ban was wrong, just as they will never admit that AGW was wrong.
38 posted on 09/22/2011 5:06:13 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: Errant

Simple Green smells simply awful.


39 posted on 09/22/2011 5:13:44 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Graybeard58

“Also include the price of an office call now to get a scrip.”

Gotta force those people into obamacare.


40 posted on 09/22/2011 5:18:06 PM PDT by Rebelbase (Disgusted with the establishment GOP and their enablers.)
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To: VTenigma

Look at Primatene’s link:

http://www.primatene.com/doc/PressRelease07-27-2011.pdf

They say buy enough to last you for the period of time between when the CFC product is taken off the market and the non-CFC hits the shelves.

You’ll be ok, you just need to buy a few inhalers in the near future.


41 posted on 09/22/2011 5:28:44 PM PDT by Darnright (There can never be a complete confidence in a power which is excessive. - Tacitus)
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To: FreedomPoster

I used to think that as well, but the patents had already run out decades before......


42 posted on 09/22/2011 6:20:44 PM PDT by Red Badger ("Treason doth never prosper.... What's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.")
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To: UCANSEE2
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?

Dunno- mine was made by Boehringer Ingolheim, a German manufacturer

43 posted on 09/22/2011 6:21:51 PM PDT by Sarajevo (Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?)
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To: Mount Athos

I remember Meathead lamenting on All in the Family 40 years ago that the Ozone layer would be gone in 20 years if something wasn’t done about it. Meathead.


44 posted on 09/22/2011 6:29:42 PM PDT by Born Conservative
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“Also include the price of an office call now to get a scrip.”


You have GOT to be kidding.


45 posted on 09/22/2011 6:36:30 PM PDT by Mears
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To: Mount Athos


46 posted on 09/22/2011 7:42:45 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Mears
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.

Unless you can call your doctor and get him to call in a prescription, you will have to go see him. If he has never treated you for asthma, he would require a visit before writing one for you.

Prescription only meds cost a lot more than over the counter, unless you have drug insurance.

47 posted on 09/22/2011 7:52:38 PM PDT by Graybeard58
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To: Mount Athos

Save the Earth, sacrifice the asthmatics.

Where have I heard this before? Oh yeah:

“You have to Break a Few Eggs to make an Omelet”- V I Lenin


48 posted on 09/22/2011 8:43:38 PM PDT by Pelham (Islam. The original Evil Empire)
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To: Sarajevo

Is yours one of the new Prescription only inhalers using Albuterol?


49 posted on 09/22/2011 10:14:15 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (Lame and ill-informed post)
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To: UCANSEE2

I’d rather suck in the CFCs as well. I don’t like my HFA-powered inhaler. It’s there and it works when I need it, and I certainly like the > 200 metered inhalations, but I’d prefer a better propellant.


50 posted on 09/22/2011 10:18:52 PM PDT by wastedyears (Attaaack Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaatch)
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