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Asthma OTC Inhalers Phased Out from 2012
Medical Daily ^ | September 23, 2011 | Medical Daily

Posted on 09/29/2011 7:11:22 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Asthma inhalers, available over the counter from pharmacies will become prescription-only from 2012.

The move comes as worries over ozone layer damage persist from continued use of chlourofluorocarbons to propel the medicine out of the inhaler.

Primatene Mist, the only inhaler still available from pharmacies without prescription is an epinephrine inhaler that causes airways to relax, helping asthma patients during hard times or breathing difficulty. It is not a preventing medicine, but acutely used when airways constrict.

CFC’s (chlorofluorocarbons) are concerning environmentalists, due to their dangerous depletion of ozone, the layer around the earth protecting us from the sun’s harmful rays.

Currently, there are three inhalers on the market, but government officials have decided that OTC’s are to be removed first – restrictions over prescribed inhalers are due 2013. Primatene, made by Amphastar is currently undergoing a propellant redesign, although it is thought that the new inhaler will not be available before the old is phased out, according to the Wall Street Journal.

There are three million users of Primatene reported in 2006, and the FDA says around one to two million are still in use – though it is hard to say how many are over-the-counter (OTC).

"The clock is ticking on Primatene Mist, the only over-the-counter asthma inhaler," FDA press officer Karen Riley said at a news conference.

More than 235 million people worldwide suffer from asthma and it is the most common chronic disease among children, according to the World Health Organization.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: asthma; ban; inhalers; nannystate

1 posted on 09/29/2011 7:11:26 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; bamahead; CSM; valkyrieanne; ...

Nanny State PING!


2 posted on 09/29/2011 7:14:15 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (It's the Tea Party's fault!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
First they came for...

Oh forget it, the sheeple will fall in line.

3 posted on 09/29/2011 7:19:43 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I don’t know much about asthma and inhalers. Are inhalers something you can stock up on?


4 posted on 09/29/2011 7:20:28 AM PDT by My hearts in London - Everett (Still searching for the new tagline!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Wonder if they will still be available in Canada or Mexico? I can see a black market in inhalers coming. Come to think of it, during Prohibition, a lot of bootleggers got their supplies from those two places so why not inhalers and light bulbs too? Heck, I’m sure there are zillions of places out in the sticks where you can drive a car/SUV into Canada, no one would know. I think when I was a kid, I remember my father telling me a story where a co-worker crossed back and forth into Canada in his 1975 Bonneville a couple of times on a trail in the woods, no one knew.


5 posted on 09/29/2011 7:25:04 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett

they do expire after a while. I use Albuterol from my doctor.


6 posted on 09/29/2011 7:25:40 AM PDT by midnightcat
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
I thought the hole in the ozone layer healed itself?

I guess that was natural healing and didn't make big pharma
or the gov any cash so they don't like it. lol

7 posted on 09/29/2011 7:25:51 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Look for hoarding to take place.


8 posted on 09/29/2011 7:29:57 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: Nowhere Man
Heck, I’m sure there are zillions of places out in the sticks where you can drive a car/SUV into Canada, no one would know.

Are you serious? The border is so tight you couldn't drive a nail through it with a sledge hammer!

9 posted on 09/29/2011 7:30:35 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett
I don’t know much about asthma and inhalers. Are inhalers something you can stock up on?

You never want to use Primatene Mist for anything but last resort. But for those of us who find themselves without our albuterol inhaler being able to go around the block to get a Pimatene is a real "safety net". For some it's more than that.

Forget the foolishness of being sucked into the ozone hole thing (see: anthropomorphic global warming) Nanny State should have never considered forcible (coersed) removal of this product without having approved another asthma inhaler for OTC availability.

10 posted on 09/29/2011 7:31:26 AM PDT by corkoman
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To: My hearts in London - Everett
How will people get their asthma treatment from unicorns when they all will be plugged into the power grid since coal fired plants will be mostly closed?
11 posted on 09/29/2011 7:32:55 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Those who trade land for peace will end up with neither one.)
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To: unixfox
Are you serious? The border is so tight you couldn't drive a nail through it with a sledge hammer!

I know it is like 3000 miles, there has, or have been, places where you can cross like way up in Maine, North Dakota, Montana, etc. Maybe you can go the Lake Erie route, take a boat across, find someplace on the sure to drop some guys off (and pick up when the mission is done) and sputter on back. Come to think of it, that's something that I'd like to prove for myself, find some dark corner, drive my Ford Exploder back and forth, I'm sure there are places no one watches.
12 posted on 09/29/2011 7:34:35 AM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Dear Lord! I can’t wait for the grown-ups to be back in charge and put a stop to this ongoing insanity!!!


13 posted on 09/29/2011 7:36:42 AM PDT by ozark hilljilly ("Hit 'em again, Todd!!")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Sitting here wondering idly how many will die just so a few envirowackos can get their self-stroke of the day.


14 posted on 09/29/2011 7:45:04 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I’ve been stocking up for 6 months now ... time to get some more. Primatene’s the only thing I can use. I’m allergic to albuterol. But the enviromentalists don’t seem to want to take into account that albuterol isn’t the first choice for everyone.

I really wonder how concerned they would be about the ozone layer when they’re siezed by an asthma attack that won’t go away with the “accepted” methods of treatment, when their throat and back are on fire from trying to drag a tiny amount of air into their lungs and the even worse pain of trying to expell it. I bet they’d be grabbing for a bottle of Primatene without a thought or care for the enviroment, anything to just make it stop.


15 posted on 09/29/2011 7:48:56 AM PDT by DancingMyRainbow
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To: Nowhere Man

My brother and family is canadian and he couldn’t believe it. He’ll sell it on Amazon.


16 posted on 09/29/2011 7:54:09 AM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I believe this will cost lives, and all for pc nonsense


17 posted on 09/29/2011 7:58:45 AM PDT by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common - Voltaire)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Thanks for the ping!


18 posted on 09/29/2011 7:59:34 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

The madness continues. Inhalers must have an almost impossible to detect,if any, impact on the ozone layer. I can’t believe asthma sufferers are being harrassed over this nonsense.


19 posted on 09/29/2011 8:01:10 AM PDT by catbertz
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To: silverleaf

Governments run by communists kill people.


20 posted on 09/29/2011 8:08:08 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (It's the Tea Party's fault!)
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To: Nowhere Man

>>Maybe you can go the Lake Erie route, take a boat across<<

LOL! There is a park 20 minutes south of Detroit where you can shoot an arrow to Canada. A rowboat will get you there in about 3 minutes.


21 posted on 09/29/2011 8:29:09 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Happiness is a choice)
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To: ozark hilljilly; Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Dear Lord! I can’t wait for the grown-ups to be back in charge and put a stop to this ongoing insanity!!!

You'll be waiting a LONG time.

The insanity started long before Obama. Clinton mandated the ban on prescription CFC inhalers based upon the Montreal Protocal which used junk science to blame an enlarging ozone hole on freon related products. The FDA in deference to the EPA put the ban in effect.

Bush continued the ban which at this point in time is almost complete.

The ban was completely political in nature. In fact the old asthma CFC propellants had a great safety record back over 50 years.

OTH the new HFA propellants are an inferior product for which the FDA waived its own testing regulations. While the HFA inhalers work for some, they don't work for others, don't work as well for others, and cause severe asthma attacks in others. Most HFA inhaler contain corn based ethanol. Ethanol is a known trigger for asthma and corn is one of the most common food allgergies.

The FDA on its web site stated it is the DEEP BREATH that makes the new HFA inhalers work, not the propellants.

This was a perfect storm of political correctness and crony capitalism.
22 posted on 09/29/2011 8:47:32 AM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: algernonpj

Looks like the doctors are going to benefit as well. My mom has had asthma since she was 6 mos. old. Now, her doctor will not prescribe her asthma medicine unless she comes in every year for a complete physical... head to toe and all parts in between including smear and mammogram. It costs her $500 just to be allowed a prescription and that’s just the part she pays out of pocket.


23 posted on 09/29/2011 8:58:56 AM PDT by nodumbblonde ("The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity." - Ayn Rand)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett
Are inhalers something you can stock up on?

Make room on the stock up shelf next to the good, murcury-free lightbulbs that are going away.
24 posted on 09/29/2011 9:03:37 AM PDT by crosshairs (The U.S. has sown to the winds and now its going to reap the whirlwind.)
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To: My hearts in London - Everett; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; unixfox; Nowhere Man; midnightcat; ...
For those who haven't seen it yet and those who are interested here's information on drug expiration dates and storage:

Drug Expiration Dates - Do They Mean Anything?

Do Medications Really Expire?

Are Drugs Good After Expiration Date

Drugs Past Their Expiration Date; Are they Safe to use?

And although this thread is about an OTC med... This booklet was written for medicare on how to get drug plan to pay for medication you need. The same rules apply to non-medicate drug plans.

Drug Appeals Manual

Federal Regulations re Rx Appeals - including time frame in which insurance company must respond

Most drug plans allow you to renew a few days early. Over time you can build up an emergency reserve of a medication you depend upon.
25 posted on 09/29/2011 9:30:25 AM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: Jack Hammer

I was thinking that myself.I’m sure there are people out there who can’t afford to go to the doctor every time they need a new prescription who rely on these.I’m sure OTC is much cheaper than what paying for a prescription without drug coverage costs.


26 posted on 09/29/2011 9:46:31 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: algernonpj

Thanks for the ping!


27 posted on 09/29/2011 9:46:35 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: algernonpj

I can assure you that epinephrine doesn’t last long after it’s expiration date.


28 posted on 09/29/2011 9:54:20 AM PDT by Hillarys Gate Cult (Those who trade land for peace will end up with neither one.)
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To: algernonpj
Thanks for posting that it is good information.

I find it interesting though that they only say that liquid anti-biotics degrade over time. A friend of mine is a pharmacological research doctor at John's Hopkins (I see you include one link to JH) and I asked him about the stability of anti-biotic pills. He said they do degrade and I could expect to still receive the negative effects that normally come with anti-biotics and little or none of the intended positive effects.

I had specifically asked him about Penicillin V, Amoxycillin and Ampicillin that I have which is over ten years past the expiration date. This is his and his wife's specialty and has been for about two decades or more.

29 posted on 09/29/2011 9:59:54 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye

Taking expired antibiotics is a great way to destroy your kidneys and liver, throw them out, immediately ....


30 posted on 09/29/2011 10:01:50 AM PDT by Scythian
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To: Jack Hammer
Sitting here wondering idly how many will die just so a few envirowackos can get their self-stroke of the day.

The ozone hole thing is really absurd. Are we to believe that Rx inhalers are more enviro-friendly? Ridiculous! Clearly their intention is to discourage people from using any inhalers by making them more expensive, more trouble to get and socially unacceptable. IOWs human lives are expendable for the sake of an unproven theory about ozone.

These people promoting this should be horse-whipped.
Literally, no hyperbole intended.

31 posted on 09/29/2011 10:07:16 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Scythian

My friend didn’t say that they would cause any harm like that just that they would do the normal negatives like nausea, killing off the bacteria in the gut, headaches and such. May I ask what your source is for your view on it?


32 posted on 09/29/2011 10:10:36 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Leftists at it again... They keep telling us how the air pollution is causing an epidemic of asthma in children, then they work hard to make sure that nonprescription medicine is no longer on the market. They want to make sure you have to go to a doctor in order to get relief, then their plan is to decide just who gets to see the doctors.

I wonder how many children will die thanks to these "environmentalists?" How many millions have died of malaria with the banning of DDT?

Mark

33 posted on 09/29/2011 10:32:40 AM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: Hillarys Gate Cult
I can assure you that epinephrine doesn’t last long after it’s expiration date.

Out of curiosity why and do you have a link. I would add into my information.
34 posted on 09/29/2011 11:08:53 AM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: max americana
My brother and family is canadian and he couldn’t believe it. He’ll sell it on Amazon.

Thanks for the information. I'll pass on to anyone who can use it.
35 posted on 09/29/2011 11:23:13 AM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: TigersEye; Scythian
My friend didn’t say that they would cause any harm like that just that they would do the normal negatives like nausea, killing off the bacteria in the gut, headaches and such. May I ask what your source is for your view on it?

TigersEye, that's what I remember reading.

Scythian, please ping me on sour source also.
36 posted on 09/29/2011 11:32:09 AM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: algernonpj

sour = your


37 posted on 09/29/2011 11:33:48 AM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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To: MarkL

We have MD’s serving in Congress, including Ron and Rand Paul. They need to step on some pointy heads over this.

If I had a kid with asthma I’d be parked on Pelosi’s doorstep.

Idiots.


38 posted on 09/29/2011 12:36:53 PM PDT by silverleaf (Common sense is not so common - Voltaire)
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To: crosshairs

Have her go to a minor emerg. center doc-in-a-box


39 posted on 09/29/2011 2:05:44 PM PDT by Texaspeptoman (Even cannibals get fed-up with people sometimes...!)
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