Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Wal-Mart To Sell Cheaper Inhaler
All Headline News ^ | December 31, 2008 | David Goodhue

Posted on 12/31/2008 10:51:26 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin

Miami, FL (AHN) - Wal-Mart announced that it will sell a more environmentally-friendly inhaler starting at $9.

Traditional inhalers for such conditions as asthma, chronic bronchitis and emphysema use chlorofluorocarbons to release medication to ease symptoms. But the Food and Drug Administration ordered those inhalers to be phased out because CFCs are blamed for ozone layer depletion.

Inhalers must now use hydrofluoroalkane to propel the medication. These inhalers are significantly more expensive than CFC inhalers. Many health advocates say the higher prices may prompt some patients to go without essential medication.

Wal-Mart says it has the answer.

"While some HFA inhalers may sell for as much as $60 for certain brands, our $9 ReliOn Ventolin HFA inhaler will ease the financial burden for sufferers of asthma who should not go without these life-saving medications," Sandy Kinsey, Walmart's divisional merchandise manager for pharmacy, said in a statement.

TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: health; medicine; retail; walmart
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-59 last
To: BlazingArizona
In thi era of declining wages and less to spend on health care, how much longer are the medical monopolists going to be able to get away with the "everything Asian is poisonous" mantra?

When China stops shipping poison in the products they ship here.

There was a time when "made in Japan" meant that it was crap, because Japan was making crappy knock offs of US products. Then Japan made a concerted effort to build in quality (thanks to an American BTW), then they gained a reputation of building quality products. China will either do the same or always be known for crappy products.

It would be nice if American companies and their workers also valued their not always earned good reputations.

51 posted on 12/31/2008 3:22:20 PM PST by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: BuffaloJack

Yeah, what a scam.

CFC’s are very heavy molecules. I always wondered how they got up to the ozone layer?

52 posted on 12/31/2008 3:25:14 PM PST by EEDUDE
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: ConorMacNessa

Be careful with your Advair. It contains salmetrol, and there is some evidentiary data suggesting that salmetrol plays a role in coronary events and/or respiratory failure. In other words, there could be some dangers associated with using salmetrol, and your doctor should discuss the risks with you carefully. Do some online research ( is helpful) and you may want to back down on the salmetrol.

It’s disappointing, I know—salmetrol made me able to run a couple of miles. But I decided I’d rather be alive and not run.

53 posted on 12/31/2008 7:01:06 PM PST by ottbmare
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: ottbmare
Thanks for the info, ottbmare! I'll talk to my Dr. about it.

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
54 posted on 12/31/2008 7:02:50 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 53 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin

They’ll have a hard time getting me.

55 posted on 12/31/2008 8:06:30 PM PST by wastedyears (In Canada, Santa says "Ho Ho, eh?")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 47 | View Replies]

To: tbone56

just go get a nubilizer. they work better than MDI’s anyway. That is what I did after trying one of the new ones.

56 posted on 12/31/2008 8:46:02 PM PST by ClayinVA ("Those who don't remember history are doomed to repeat it")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Diana in Wisconsin
I am under the care of one of the premier asthma specialist in the US. He is at Penn and he is one super doctor. He has been petitioning the FDA for 2 years to go back to the old albuterol propellant as he thinks that HFA is an irritant to the airway. Unfortunately almost all the inhalers are HFA driven. I am pretty sure Ventolin is as well. I use the Proventil inhaler and also take Symbicort which is a inhaled steroid with a long term beta-2 agonist similar to Advair. That too is HFA propelled. One way around the HFA is to use an auxilary chamber attached to the inhaler. It is kind of a bong type device by it does work. Unfortunately it is not pocket sized.

But If you all think HFA inhalers are expensive you should check out the cost of the immunotherapeutic I am now on. Every 2 weeks I have to have 3 injections of Xolair (omalizumab) which is a IgG blocking monoclonal antibody. I have just started this but I am told it works wonders. Some patients throw their inhalers away altogether. But each injection costs $1500 so for me thats $4500 every 2 weeks!!!! Thank God I have a good prescription plan! I just hope it works. I will know in a month... Severe asthma at the age 53 sucks...

57 posted on 01/01/2009 12:32:15 PM PST by Pharmer (Palin in 2012! We are so screwed! Go Flyers!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: NonValueAdded

Thanks see comment 57

58 posted on 01/01/2009 12:39:49 PM PST by Pharmer (Palin in 2012! We are so screwed! Go Flyers!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: Pharmer

Best of luck with that. I hope 2009 brings you some relief. :)

59 posted on 01/01/2009 1:01:39 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin ('Taking the moderate path of appeasement leads to abysmal defeat.' - Rush on 11/05/08)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 57 | View Replies]

Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-5051-59 last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson