Skip to comments.Put people first [Environmentalists outlawed the best asthma inhalers!]
Posted on 12/29/2007 10:02:50 AM PST by grundle
This is the problem with the politicians, and especially those who are so worried about the environment: They forget what and who is important -- people. The reason I say this is because of what has happened with prescription inhalers used for asthma treatment.
I recently needed to refill my inhaler and was told by the local pharmacist that the inhaler was now different because it contained ingredients that harmed the ozone layer. However, these ingredients were the most effective for helping calm down an asthma attack.
I was also informed by the pharmacy that since the medication was altered, it was not covered by my prescription coverage because it is now considered a new medication.
To make a long story short, I had a minor asthma attack and this new, altered inhaler did almost nothing to help. I then went to the emergency room and needed to receive a couple of breathing treatments to settle down my breathing. I then informed the ER doctor what inhaler I used and he actually began to laugh, saying, "It's crazy that the medication would be altered like this. Don't they know how many millions of people rely on inhalers for asthma relief?"
I was diagnosed as asthmatic when I was about 7 or 8 years old and have needed to use inhalers every day since. I ask you this: What happens to the elderly who rely on inhalers also and who are on fixed incomes? Will they receive the same rude awakening when they are advised that these asthmatic medications are now not covered by insurance because they supposedly harm the ozone layer?
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“Environmentalist extremists dont care. Consider how many people have died because of the DDT ban.”
The environmentalists and the politicians they OWN do NOT believe that people are important. The planet and its animal inhabitants all come before worthless humans. Soon the politicians will figure out a way to have the animals registered and their "advocates" able to vote for them if the illegals don't pan out.
This is so true. I complained to my doctor and pharmacist about the new inhalers, saying they didn’t work nearly so well as the previous ones. They agreed with me and said that in default of satisfactory bronchodilators, providers were turning more and more to using nebulizers and inhaled or oral steroids than had been the case in the past twenty-five or so years. We have taken several steps back in the care of asthma patients, and some patients are going to pay with their lives.
Yet what, really, is the benefit to the environment if a few asthma patients allow a few sprays of this dispensing medium into the atmosphere? The idea that the tiny amount in one actualization of a lung spray could actually harm the environment or contribute to global warming is absurd.
I didn’t know there had been a chance. Is it the medical formulation that is junk, or only the inhaler?
My 2 year old has asthma.
It used to be that public health and safety came first. This is no longer the case. Consider the millions of acres of unmanaged forest and dangerous fuel build up near communities. Even when local government declares it a hazard and a public nuisance and orders abatement, the environmentalist simply appeal, vetoing any effort to reduce the hazard.
It really is the smae thing as asthma inhalers. Regulations used to be limited to the prevention of substantial injury to public health and safety. Now, they not only run to further public policy to promote actions favoring animals and plants and to reduce an imagined miniscule contribution to global warming, they subordinate the original intent and justification of regulations with individual freedom falling to the side.
For pet meds I sometimes use a place in Australia. Never had a problem with them, they are reputable.
Best price I could find on the Frontline Plus.
This may sound strange......but have you tried caffeine?
A medical doctor told my friend that caffeine has a molecule that is almost identical to that of medications found in asthama inhalers.
Doctor says caffeine is a lung inflater (serves the same purpose as inhalers).
My friend who used an inhaler 1-2 a day now takes sips of caffinated coffee at the onset of an attack, and no longer needs an inhaler.
The caffeine must be brewed coffee-—instant does not work.
Might be a good idea to check with your doctor before proceeding-—although there are no known cures for asthama. If you find a treatment that works-—great.
Another way to help the condition is to amp up your Omega 3’s. Usually found in salmon, but many asthmatics cannot eat seafood. You can buy flaxseed oil or flaxseed meal that is easily added to foods (it has no flavor-—and about 2000 mg of Omega 3).
Geez, maybe that’s what NAIS is really all about (and I’m hoping I’m being sarcastic)
Thanks Liz. My inhaler use is limited - I don’t have asthma per se, but my girls and I have inhalers that we use on occasion. I am a recent convert to coffee (what have I been missing all these years?) and have found that my breathing is actually better. I never made the connection.
Doesn’t the albuterol expire? Then what? I think all of us asthmatics need to go to our Congresscritters’ doors and give them an earfull!
My 2 year old has asthma.
Ask your child's doctor as soon as possible and your pharmacist as well.
When I need an inhaler I don't have time to ask questions then,,,,, I need it right then, not in a few days or weeks!
I can vouch that the “new & improved” inhalors aren’t worth a damn. Whoever required this change should have to use them for the rest of their life, and let’s just see how they like it! The new propellant doesn’t do the job, and, in fact, is defective from the “git-go”. Don’t tell me the guy is nuts, as I have to tell you unless you use them too, he is spot on. You should promptly apologize for your snide comment. We don’t need that kind of crap on FR.
This a poor man's method of helping people with asthma. It is not nearly as effective, but if you were say, out in the woods, with no other access to meds, it is reasonable to try first.
I knew this was going to happen when I heard that congress outlawed the propellant from inhalers. My patients are not happy with the "new" hfa inhalers. For a person with a severe attack, they are not nearly as effective. The idiot politicians are directly to blame if someone dies because of this.
Interesting that a medical doctor (not a homeopath or naturpath) was aware of the caffeine molecule---MD's are not known for nutrition-based remedies.
If you have a checkup, you'll find many doctors record whether a patient (not necessarily an asthama patient) uses caffeine.
Course there are several downsides to caffeine but medications too have their downsides.
Just read where caffeine ingestion is also being looked at as a cancer deterrent.
Advair has been the best asthma medicine I have ever used. Use it twice a day, morning and night. Anybody with asthma, check it out, seriously. And it’s a powder inhaler, so they can’t claim it’s bad for the environment.
It was recommended as an alternative for a person who does not like taking medication.........not based on cost.
If I were in your position I would mail order a case from Mexico or Canada.
Advair doesn’t help in the case of an attack - consistent use is supposed to minimize the occurrences, but asthmatics still need rescue inhalers at their disposal.
This is true. But for some reason, my asthma was never helped that much by rescue inhalers, and Advair really does the trick. I’m probably an odd case.
Wife just told me I'm no going to Mexico for drugs. Hell, I used to. ;)
I use them too, so (according to your fractured syntax) he is not spot on.
The comment stands -- the author issued a whiny rant. We don't need that kind of crap on FR.
The formulation DID change.
If only the propellant changed, then the mole weight would be the same.
It's not -- check the PDR.
If the medication had not changed, the formulary for the insurance companies would retain it as a compatible Rx.
It's not -- and they don't.
Get some facts to back up you statements, and provide them.
R-134A replaced R-12 for all refrigerant uses with similar requirements but is toxic when used in inhalers.
But the EPA overruled their own de-minimus waiver and made the manufacturers switch to less effective gases.
Read the party line:
The labels for each package state that each inhalation provides 90 mcg of albuterol from the mouthpiece.
So -- should I believe you, or my lying eyes?
Go to the link and you’ll see it is more a letter to the editor sort of thing.
I have the same one from Warrick someplace, and one from ProAir©HFA. I know they are different, and my Doc is chasing it back through his med center contacts. He agrees, it is different.
“I recently needed to refill my inhaler and was told by the local pharmacist that the inhaler was now different because it contained ingredients that harmed the ozone layer. However, these ingredients were the most effective for helping calm down an asthma attack.”
The propellent is one of the ingredients; the gentleman who wrote the letter never uses the word medicine.
The replacement gas has no chlorine atoms and can’t be pressurized to the same level and not leak through the walls of the inhaler body; it doesn’t blow as hard and must be used before the hydrogen all migrates out as a fugitive gas.
You must be made out of money; doesn’t that stuff have a warning not to use it or extended periods?
Sorry you don’t approve of my fractured syntax, now ask me who cares what you approve of? (notice I ended the sentence with a preposition. Reckon that might keep me out of Harvard or something like that?)
Yes, I see, now, that it is just a Letter to the Editor or something. A rant, as you say.
Warrick is albuterol. The empirical formula is C13H21NO3.
The sulfate is not counted against the base dosage of 90 mcg.
You do -- if you didn't, you wouldn't have said such silly things to me.
My copay on advair is pretty cheap. I think it’s like $20 or $30 a month. My doctor never told me to stop using it. Although many days I don’t use it twice.
I was shot in my left lung in 1968 in Viet Nam. I have developed severe asthma as I’ve grown older, and I must say the new CFA’s just flat don’t do anything to help me when I really need help. You are correct in saying someone will die for the political stupidity being forced on us by the change, and I hope it is one of the politicians it happens to first!
Actually, I was only being polite what with the holidays and all. Normally I don’t suffer fools and just ignore them, but in your case I changed my mind.
Well, see, I judge a fellow’s argument in part based on whether he can express a coherent thought. You can talk about fools all you want — but you’d best not write like one when you do it.
If the inhaler proved to help animals breathe better then it would still be available.
Yes Mother Hen.
A bit twisty-knickered today, eh?
The insert for my ProAir©HFA states it delivers 108 µg albuterol sulfate (equivalent to 90 µg of albuterol).
They lowered the speed of delivery, and inreased the weight of the 'bullet'. The new formulation is not effective.
Does your elevator go all the way to the top, or are the doors just stuck? Folks like you drive us normal folks to drink adult beverages while trying to forget your existence. Have a nice day!
I have already noted my dissatisfaction with the new delivery method. I note, however, that the medication is not different. Proventil used the same formulation before and after the propellant change — there’s no difference in the medication.
Yup. Definitely twisty-knickered.
Maybe no difference in your medication, but there is in mine and most others. As I noted above, the mole weights prove it, and the pharma and insurance companies are raping the patients (and taxpayers for Medicare/Medicade) for an unneeded and unwarranted environmental change. This is a rip-off, pure and simple.
They did this to Sassy too. The insurance company informed me they would no longer pay for her old inhaler which DID work better . So we had to change them & she is now using the new inhaler more often. GRR!
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