Skip to comments.Politics Feds Finalizing Ban on Over-the-Counter Asthma Inhalers Over Environmental Concerns
Posted on 09/26/2011 5:43:23 PM PDT by Nachum
Hundreds of thousands of asthma sufferers who use an over-the-counter inhaler will be compelled to seek a more costly prescription device by the end of the year, when the federal government plans to ban them over environmental concerns.
The Food and Drug Administration last week began a media push to get the word out about the looming phase-out. After Dec. 31, the epinephrine asthma inhaler known as Primatene Mist will no longer be available.
The product is currently the only FDA-approved over-the-counter inhaler and is being taken off the shelves because it uses something called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as a propellant -- the substance is considered harmful to the ozone layer.
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I understand that but if you have no insurance Primatene is affordable. Inhalers are much more expensive. I’ve used over the counter ones myself a few times when we didn’t have insurance. Even the generic ones were too expensive and Ventolin was absolutely out of my budget. The cheap ones of the prescription ones is the albuterol you put in the nebulizer. They are not portable and as long as I’ve been using it, it still takes time to get ready. Pills (and there are some you can get on the $4 drug list) are fine and help but you can still have an attack and then what do you do? Honestly, who the hell is he to tell people what they can or can’t do to simply breathe? This is completely nuts! We don’t need to be micromanaged like that and I doubt there are enough asthmatics, people with COPD, or severe allergies to destroy the ozone.
I’m assuming Primatene will come out with a new formulation to serve the OTC market.
Still, you are correct that chasing minuscule reductions in “greenhouse gasses” while hurting peoples’ health should be a no-brainer issue for the GOP.
If they weren’t the Stupid Party, that is.