Skip to comments.DeMint Tries to Halt Ban on Over-the-Counter Asthma Inhaler
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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“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.
I would have loved for him to run for President. He’s a good man, probably one of our best.
Has DeMint lost his marbles?
“I would have loved for him to run for President. Hes a good man, probably one of our best.”
Yes, I had hoped he would run for Prez also.
...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.
why would one aks this?
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Amen. I hope our current candidates have the guts to take these agencies on, once one of them is elected.
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.
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...
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!
when they took the CFCs out of the Rx inhalers, they stopped being anywhere near as effective as they had been.
Advantage for Big Pharma?
Well instead of a cheap over the counter medicine people will have to buy a $150 prescription only drug.
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.
1. Getting sufficient oxygen to sustain life
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.
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.
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.
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.