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DeMint Tries to Halt Ban on Over-the-Counter Asthma Inhaler
FOX News ^ | October 18, 2011 | FoxNews

Posted on 10/19/2011 2:08:21 AM PDT by Irenic

Sen. Jim DeMint is trying to stop the federal government from banning a popular over-the-counter asthma inhaler, introducing an amendment that would yank funding for the ban set to go into effect in January. The Food and Drug Administration rule would take off the shelves the epinephrine asthma inhaler known as Primatene Mist. The product is currently the only FDA-approved over-the-counter inhaler and is being banned because it uses something called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as a propellant -- the substance is considered harmful to the ozone layer.

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TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: asthma; cfcs; demint; fda; healthcare; ozone; primatenemist

1 posted on 10/19/2011 2:08:24 AM PDT by Irenic
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To: Irenic

“The ban ... puts environmental concerns ahead of concerns for the estimated 3 million American asthma sufferers who use these inhalers,” DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton said in a statement.

DeMint, R-S.C., filed the amendment Tuesday to wall off funding for the implementation of the ban.

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I would have loved for him to run for President. He’s a good man, probably one of our best.


2 posted on 10/19/2011 2:11:24 AM PDT by Irenic
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To: Irenic

Has DeMint lost his marbles?


3 posted on 10/19/2011 2:12:22 AM PDT by Rapscallion (OBAMA speak his name with loathing for what he has done to America!)
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To: Irenic

“I would have loved for him to run for President. He’s a good man, probably one of our best.”

Yes, I had hoped he would run for Prez also.


4 posted on 10/19/2011 2:16:38 AM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: Irenic

...“The ban ... puts environmental concerns ahead of concerns for the estimated 3 million American asthma sufferers who use these inhalers,” DeMint spokesman Wesley Denton said in a statement”...

The Environmental “Protection” Agency, is a rogue operation which always puts wild-eyed goals above human rights and the current FDA is not far behind. The EPA needs to be disbanded because that is where the media hype about ozone protection began. We need to protect our environment but that is not what they are after..They are using trumped-up, unproven claims to bring about the communism they want for this nation. Good for Jim DeMint. He is a rare breed in D.C.


5 posted on 10/19/2011 2:36:11 AM PDT by jazzlite (esat)
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To: Rapscallion

why would one aks this?


6 posted on 10/19/2011 2:39:06 AM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: Rapscallion
Has DeMint lost his marbles?

I have mild Asthma, it was severe as a child. Some years ago, I was at a show in Vegas and I had been years from an Attack. The show's special effect mist turned me blue. The Primatine mist inhaler that was in the shop that my wife ran and found pretty much fixed me in 30 seconds. While I don't think I was going to die, certainly an ambulance and hospital trip was coming.

I have carried one of those Primatine mists since then(95) and I do have an HFA pro air. Pro air does not work as quickly and it is prescription only.

This asinine ban needs exemptions. How much CFC are in these things anyway? It can't be much.

7 posted on 10/19/2011 2:43:12 AM PDT by Malsua
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To: Malsua
I read earlier that of the current crop of prescription only replacements that one or more was scheduled to come out from patent protection in 2015 or so.

Bottom line, if Primatine is allowed to stay on the market for a few more years then the option would be a “low cost, generic” inhaler!!

You think someone in the FDA could connect the dots.

8 posted on 10/19/2011 3:15:49 AM PDT by lowbuck (The Blue Card (US Passport) Don't leave home without it.)
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To: Irenic
FDA-approved over-the-counter inhaler and is being banned because it uses something called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as a propellant -- the substance is considered harmful to the ozone layer.

Absolutelyl nobody thinks that the tiny amount of CFCs in athsma inhalers could possibly have any effect on the ozone layer. It is just too small an amount to matter.

This is an aesthetic decision. The US wants to put up a zero on the scoreboard, to show that it is using absolutely no CFCs, and athsma inhalers are one of the last things to eliminate. But there is no environmental reason to do this. We want to do it because it is pretty.

The fact that asthma sufferers will die in order to implement a pointless policy just because it is pretty does not matter.

9 posted on 10/19/2011 3:22:11 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you have a right / To the service I provide / I must be a slave)
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To: Irenic

They’ve never, repeat never, proven that CFCs are responsible for the depletion of the ozone layer. It wasn’t until the 70s that anyone even knew of the existence of holes in the ozone layer; and that’s only because they’d just invented the instruments to measure it. It would be more probable to attribute the holes to magnetic storms and solar flares and ejections.
Banning CFCs is just another stupid cause that liberals need to feel good about themselves.
Bannin CFCs is BS. They’re being banned purely because they can and for no other reason.they ca


10 posted on 10/19/2011 3:53:06 AM PDT by BuffaloJack (Defeat Obama. End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: jazzlite

The Environmental “Protection” Agency, is a rogue operation which always puts wild-eyed goals above human rights and the current FDA is not far behind.
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Amen. I hope our current candidates have the guts to take these agencies on, once one of them is elected.


11 posted on 10/19/2011 3:54:32 AM PDT by Irenic
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To: Haiku Guy

It does make one wonder if there is any advantages for Big Pharma in this. Maybe my tinfoil hat is squeezing me brain too hard. Otherwise, it seems like a silly, nonsense ban as you suggest.

I hope DeMint can maneuver this thing and win.


12 posted on 10/19/2011 4:03:18 AM PDT by Irenic
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To: Rapscallion

Have you?


13 posted on 10/19/2011 4:39:15 AM PDT by traderrob6
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To: BuffaloJack

no no no~!

They are not banning CFC’s “because they can”. Follow the money. there is a very real reason they were banned.

They are banning them because the company that makes them had a patent that was expiring. Anybody could start making it. So they would have lost BILLIONS of dollars

So they got their own product banned for ‘environmental’ concerns and (Surprise~!) they make the only replacement product. Nevermind that the new replacement is way more toxic and harmful...

Thanks DuPont~!


14 posted on 10/19/2011 4:40:01 AM PDT by Mr. K (We need a TEA Party march on GOP headquarters ~!!)
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To: Irenic
...puts environmental concerns ahead of concerns for the estimated 3 million American asthma sufferers who use these inhalers

Keep in mind that the people banning these "breathalizers"[*] are the same low-life belly-crawling scumbags that also want to ban firearms because...

if it saves just one life...


but asthmatics lives aren't worth doodly-squat.

F'ing hypocrits.

[*]The name our esteemed clown-in-the-whitehouse 0bozo calls inhalers...

15 posted on 10/19/2011 4:41:59 AM PDT by Peet (Cogito ergo dubito.)
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To: Irenic
Maybe my tinfoil hat is squeezing me brain too hard.

Remember, it's shiny side out!

I once put the shiny side in, and all the thoughts bouncing around in my head... I couldn't sleep for a week!

16 posted on 10/19/2011 4:44:58 AM PDT by Haiku Guy (If you have a right / To the service I provide / I must be a slave)
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To: Malsua

when they took the CFCs out of the Rx inhalers, they stopped being anywhere near as effective as they had been.


17 posted on 10/19/2011 5:02:24 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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To: Irenic
It does make one wonder if there is any advantages for Big Pharma in this. Maybe my tinfoil hat is squeezing me brain too hard

Advantage for Big Pharma?

Well instead of a cheap over the counter medicine people will have to buy a $150 prescription only drug.

18 posted on 10/19/2011 5:19:17 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Rapscallion

I can only assume you misread the article. DeMint has great intentions. Like another poster above, I had an asthma attack one night and my wife inadvertently tossed out my inhaler, which I carelessly left near a stack of paper. I was in dire straights in northern Wisconsin and found a 24 hour Walgreens. It was either that or a 45 mile ride to a hospital. For some, this is serious stuff. So as I said at the beginning, I hope you misread te article and commented in error.


19 posted on 10/19/2011 5:48:07 AM PDT by irish guard
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To: Irenic
This is an amazing study of the left's priorities. What is more important:

1. Getting sufficient oxygen to sustain life

or

2. Possibly polluting the environment and causing global warming. Of course that is unproven, but "possible?"

So which WILL happen? And they choose "might happen" over "will happen." Amazing.

20 posted on 10/19/2011 6:13:00 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag
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To: irish guard

Thank you. You are correct. I did misread the article. DeMint is a good man and I really thought he had lost it but I was the one who misunderstood.


21 posted on 10/19/2011 6:31:10 AM PDT by Rapscallion (OBAMA speak his name with loathing for what he has done to America!)
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To: Rapscallion
Has DeMint lost his marbles?

The tiny amount of CFC's in those little inhalers would NOT ruin deplete the ozone layer.

There are times, for an asthma suffer when they are very badly needed...you can't always carry a prescription around.

22 posted on 10/19/2011 6:38:24 AM PDT by capt. norm (Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never run out of material. c)
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... The tiny amount of CFC's in those little inhalers would NOT ruin deplete the ozone layer. ...

Actually the ban on CFC's is based on pure junk science.

However it is financially very beneficial to large global chemical producers and large global pharma, i.e. a prime example of crony capitalism.
23 posted on 10/19/2011 7:49:59 AM PDT by algernonpj (He who pays the piper . . .)
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Actually the ban on CFC's is based on pure junk science. However it is financially very beneficial to large global chemical producers and large global pharma, i.e. a prime example of crony capitalism.

Absolutely correct.

DuPont was faced with an expiring patent on Freon, so they pressured some politicians to have it banned "for the environment" so they could roll out a newly patented replacement.

24 posted on 10/19/2011 7:55:18 AM PDT by capt. norm (Blessed are they who can laugh at themselves for they shall never run out of material. c)
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