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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.


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Good on Wal-Mart. Maybe Wal-Mart should run our health care system? ;)
1 posted on 12/31/2008 10:51:27 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Good on Wal-Mart. Maybe Wal-Mart should run our health care system? ;)

I suppose it depends on what "inactive ingredients" are added by their Chinese suppliers.

2 posted on 12/31/2008 10:55:47 AM PST by r9etb
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Can you say China inhalers?


3 posted on 12/31/2008 10:55:49 AM PST by Edizzl79 (you want my guns..come and get em...I dare ya....)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Since it’s probably made in China, I wonder what else it contains?

It is so stupid that the enviro-weenies win over people with cronic pulmonary diseases. Makes you just want to go choke a hippie, so he’ll know how it feels. :)


4 posted on 12/31/2008 10:56:31 AM PST by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Wal-Mart says it has the answer.

Go Wallyworld!!!!

Walmart has done more for health care than Congress in the last decade.

Walmart's $4 generic prescriptions led the way.

Some times I wonder if we wouldn't be better off if Wallyworld did run the Nation. And they haven't even asked for a Federal bailout yet.
5 posted on 12/31/2008 10:58:17 AM PST by TomGuy
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To: anymouse; All

Previous article:

Asthma Inhalers Go Green, But Are More Expensive

December 30, 2008 9:27 p.m. EST
David Goodhue - AHN Reporter

Miami, FL (AHN) - People suffering from asthma and other respiratory ailments will be forced to shell out more money to by “green” inhalers beginning in the new year.

Since the United States signed on to the 1987 Montreal Protocol, U.S. drug companies must sell inhalers that use the propellant hydrofluoralkane, or HFA.

Environmentalists say the propellant used in traditional inhalers damages the ozone layer.

But the HFA inhalers are significantly more expensive.

Most of the new HFA inhalers cost between $30 and $60. Old inhalers cost between $5 and $25, the Orlando Sentinel reported.

The cost has some healthcare professionals concerned lower income people may cut back on their prescriptions. Inhalers are used by asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive disorder patients to deliver the drug albuterol for quick relief of symptoms associated with those diseases.

Old inhalers used chlorofluorocarbons to deliver the drug.

Some patients say the new inhalers are less effective in delivering relief.


6 posted on 12/31/2008 10:58:35 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin ('Taking the moderate path of appeasement leads to abysmal defeat.' - Rush on 11/05/08)
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To: anymouse

They haven’t won over this asthma patient and never will. Fortunately, I’m under control with Advair and hardly ever need to use my Albuterol.


7 posted on 12/31/2008 10:58:41 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: r9etb; Edizzl79

GlaxoSmithKline, Inc. (GSK) makes them. Not sure if they’re made in China. Do your own homework to back up your assertions.

I can’t do EVERYTHING for you. ;)


8 posted on 12/31/2008 11:01:22 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin ('Taking the moderate path of appeasement leads to abysmal defeat.' - Rush on 11/05/08)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

-—they did a good job post-Katrina, too-—


9 posted on 12/31/2008 11:01:54 AM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Lol! It was an assumption.


10 posted on 12/31/2008 11:02:47 AM PST by Edizzl79 (you want my guns..come and get em...I dare ya....)
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To: rellimpank

Yes, they did. And when a tornado nearly wiped out the next town over from us (we watched the tornado pass by us across our back forty), Wal-Mart was the first Semi there, handing out water and basic clean-up supplies, generators, food, etc.

I shop there every week for basic needs; not a ONE of them is ‘Made in China.’

It amazes me that people can’t read product labels on the what they’re buying. *SHRUG*


11 posted on 12/31/2008 11:04:27 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin ('Taking the moderate path of appeasement leads to abysmal defeat.' - Rush on 11/05/08)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
"Some patients say the new inhalers are less effective in delivering relief."

I was listening to talk radio (Walter Williams filling in for Rush)he said besides the horrendous cost of the new inhalers they also plug up and therefore don't deliver the needed amount, if any at all.

12 posted on 12/31/2008 11:06:53 AM PST by Spunky ((You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences))
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Sadly, they won’t work any better than the other non-CFC ones. The new propellant is worthless, not to mention corn-based (a major allergen to many).

The first night I relied my new HFA inhaler, I ended up in the emergency room. I had never been in the emergency room for asthma ever before.


13 posted on 12/31/2008 11:07:05 AM PST by AngieGal
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To: Diana in Wisconsin; Mrs.Nooseman; bfree; Graybeard58; CSM; metesky; wanderin; sitetest; ...

WalMart Ping!!!!!!!!!!

Let me know if you want on/off the WalMart ping list -— be advised most on the list are WalMart shoppers, and while acknowleging there are faults, we’re pretty adamant in our opposition to unfounded nonsense.


14 posted on 12/31/2008 11:09:51 AM PST by Gabz (Merry Christmas)
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To: anymouse
It is so stupid that the enviro-weenies win over people with cronic pulmonary diseases.

I would gather that most didn't even have a clue...this was going to happen.

15 posted on 12/31/2008 11:12:16 AM PST by Osage Orange (Obama's heart is blacker than the devil's riding boots...............)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

My PA prescribed the new one about six months ago because of the pending ban, so I could “try” it. It cost $100 compared to $10, partially because the insurance hadn’t picked it up yet and it had half the albuterol.


16 posted on 12/31/2008 11:13:02 AM PST by SouthTexas
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To: anymouse
Since it’s probably made in China, I wonder what else it conains?

I have some Walmart generics in front of me. Two of the $4 ones are made by Mylan, an American company, and the expensive one is made by Teva, an Israeli company with operations in America. The other $4 one is made by Lupin Ltd, an Indian company. Please tell me what you know about them.

17 posted on 12/31/2008 11:17:07 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: TomGuy

Walmart generics have been wonderful for me.


18 posted on 12/31/2008 11:17:49 AM PST by Moonman62 (The issue of whether cheap labor makes America great should have been settled by the Civil War.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

My son is a Wally World Pharmacy Technician and both the Military and local civilian communities have benefited greatly from the low cost prescriptions available through them. I have heard of some Super Wal-Mart’s that actually have urgent care clinics available. Once again the private sector shows the stupid bureaucrats how to really run a health care program at a low cost to the consumer.


19 posted on 12/31/2008 11:20:36 AM PST by KC-10A BOOMER (Breakaway, Breakaway, Breakaway!!!!)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Yes, but it’s difficult to tell - “distributed by” when it comes to food products isn’t quite so assuring as “Made in U.S.A.” or “Product of U.S.A.” There are new truth in labeling laws but they don’t apply to restaurants or prepared foods.


20 posted on 12/31/2008 11:21:44 AM PST by Freedom4US
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

—it appears to me that they have probably done more to lower prescription drug prices than any other entity, government or otherwise, too—


21 posted on 12/31/2008 11:22:17 AM PST by rellimpank (--don't believe anything the MSM tells you about firearms or explosives--NRA Benefactor)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

“Since the United States signed on to the 1987 Montreal Protocol...”

How many people have ever heard of this? I never had until today. I’d like to know how many billion inhalers used for how many thousand years would it take to make a significant impact on the ozone layer? Is this another of those cow fart alarms?


22 posted on 12/31/2008 11:23:36 AM PST by beelzepug (the Gadsden flag is now flying in my front yard)
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To: anymouse

Between enviro-weenies and Union Thugs, it’s a wonder that there are any real entrepreneurs left.

I agree that choking a hippie sounds like a really fun sport.


23 posted on 12/31/2008 11:30:22 AM PST by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Good for Walmart selling them at a cheaper price. Bad on the FDA for caving to the EPA and getting rid of CFC inhalers. The new inhalers work like crap and aren’t even worth the $9.


24 posted on 12/31/2008 11:39:07 AM PST by Domandred (Hope is the first step on the road to disappointment.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

The same morons who brought you man-made global warming also brought you the “Hole in the Ozone” Layer and the unproven theory that CFCs were the cause.
Nobody even knew there was a hole in the ozone layer until someone with new measurement equipment noticed one.
Then the liberal theorists went to work and took away Freon, CFCs and lots of other energey saving and life saving materials.
This is just another cause to advance global socialism.


25 posted on 12/31/2008 11:39:15 AM PST by BuffaloJack
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

W00t!!! This was going to be a real problem for me. The problem now is that I hate Walmart pharmacies with a passion. customer service is nil. But their pricing makes it a necessary evil some times.


26 posted on 12/31/2008 11:47:00 AM PST by NonValueAdded (once you get to really know people, there are always better reasons than [race] for despising them.)
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To: AngieGal

Had a similar situation.My Dr. gave me a sample of the new type & after 2 puffs, I had shortness of breath for the entire day. I considered the emergency room but suffered through it.
I’ve been hoarding Primatene Mist for a year. Bought everything on the shelf at Walmart yesterday. I’ve got 65 of them stockpiled. Should last 2 to 3 years.


27 posted on 12/31/2008 11:52:37 AM PST by tbone56
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Dont get it confused with this.

28 posted on 12/31/2008 11:54:53 AM PST by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: AngieGal; tobyhill; engrpat; kingattax; Dawggie; Mygirlsmom; eclecticEel; camerakid400; kitkat; ...
Ping. I gathered your names from another thread on the ridiculous CFC ban. Here is some price relief while we tilt at the windmill to restore effective emergency relief to asthma and COPD sufferers.
29 posted on 12/31/2008 11:59:22 AM PST by NonValueAdded (once you get to really know people, there are always better reasons than [race] for despising them.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Don’t they mean breathalyzer? Inhalator?

(Ask Obama . . . )


30 posted on 12/31/2008 12:00:49 PM PST by rightwingintelligentsia
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To: NonValueAdded

Please put me on the list. Thanks.


31 posted on 12/31/2008 12:02:20 PM PST by COUNTrecount (de Tocqueville ..."In a democracy the people get the government they deserve". ...)
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To: COUNTrecount

Arrrrgh, I didn’t save it! I dunno if there is an asthma / COPD ping list ... anybody? Who wants to be listmaster?


32 posted on 12/31/2008 12:04:05 PM PST by NonValueAdded (once you get to really know people, there are always better reasons than [race] for despising them.)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

It’s really quite insane how Congress banned asthma inhalers that work instantly, in favor of something that uses a propellant toxic to humans all because the enviroweenies said so.


33 posted on 12/31/2008 12:06:43 PM PST by wastedyears (In Canada, Santa says "Ho Ho, eh?")
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To: anymouse
Makes you just want to go choke a hippie, so he’ll know how it feels.

I'd rather just punch one out.

34 posted on 12/31/2008 12:07:26 PM PST by wastedyears (In Canada, Santa says "Ho Ho, eh?")
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Some patients say the new inhalers are less effective in delivering relief.

I've heard this before. Wonderful how Mother Gaia matters more than someone who can't breathe.

35 posted on 12/31/2008 12:07:35 PM PST by Hardastarboard (Why do I find the Toyota "Saved by Zero" ads so ironic?)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Some patients say the new inhalers are less effective in delivering relief.

That's exactly right, I've noticed it takes time to feel my lungs clear up when wheezing. Using the CFC powered inhalers, my lungs cleared up instantly.

Leave it up to Congress to ruin a good thing.

36 posted on 12/31/2008 12:09:32 PM PST by wastedyears (In Canada, Santa says "Ho Ho, eh?")
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To: AngieGal

I think the new inhalers are ethanol powered.

It’s almost funny that something that powers cars, is inhaled for asthma relief.

Only in the United States Congress.


37 posted on 12/31/2008 12:11:32 PM PST by wastedyears (In Canada, Santa says "Ho Ho, eh?")
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To: AngieGal
People have posted about a handheld battery powered nebulizer that looks like it might be a good solution...

Omron MicroAir Handheld Ultrasonic Portable Nebulizer
38 posted on 12/31/2008 12:14:25 PM PST by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Requiescat In Pace)
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To: ConorMacNessa

Amen me too brother


39 posted on 12/31/2008 12:18:20 PM PST by wordsofearnest ("The fundamental solution (w/b) that there is no longer any need to immigrate")
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To: NonValueAdded

Please add me to the list. Thanks


40 posted on 12/31/2008 12:28:04 PM PST by Bombshell
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To: freedomlover

I understand the underlying motivation for designing this weapon for the elderly, but damn that would make a dangerous assassin weapon. It should at least be required to be clearly labeled as a gun with a luminescent arrow sight on the barrel tip.


41 posted on 12/31/2008 12:37:29 PM PST by anymouse (God didn't write this sitcom we call life, he's just the critic.)
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To: Edizzl79
Can you say China inhalers?

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?

42 posted on 12/31/2008 12:58:27 PM PST by BlazingArizona
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Thank you so much for the heads up. This sure will be a huge savings. Once again, thank you!


43 posted on 12/31/2008 1:08:07 PM PST by engrpat (End the National Nightmare on 1-20-2013)
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To: Kozak

Thanks Kozak for mentioning it. I posted about that nebulizer. It is fantastic!


44 posted on 12/31/2008 1:28:57 PM PST by AngieGal
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To: anymouse
Since it’s probably made in China, I wonder what else it contains?

Well, in China the main ingredient in all medicines and food is melamine.

45 posted on 12/31/2008 2:08:53 PM PST by Right Wing Assault (What's Obama's Secret?)
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To: Freedom4US

Well, I do buy pet food, but it’s Iams, which I KNOW is made in the USA. I buy bird seed; same thing.

I buy toothpaste (Arm & Hammer - Oh, Boy! Here it comes for those that hate Mr. Armand Hammer, LOL!) and deodorant and shampoo (Dove; I love it!) and Bonne Bell make up which is manufactured in Ohio. Are toothbrushes made in China? Most likely. *SHRUG* How about floss? I’m a FREAK about my teeth.

I agree that Wal-Mart does sell a lot of JUNK from China, but I don’t need it, and I don’t buy it.

I’m also a Dollar General shopper, but usually for the ethnic foods I can get real cheap; rice, dry beans, roasted red peppers, salsa, etc. Same thing applies.

Ah, America! We live like Kings without the fortunes to worry about, LOL! :)


46 posted on 12/31/2008 2:44:16 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin ('Taking the moderate path of appeasement leads to abysmal defeat.' - Rush on 11/05/08)
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To: wastedyears

Well, the end goal of said ‘EnviroWeenies’ IS to have us all drop dead. Except for them. ;)


47 posted on 12/31/2008 2:49:58 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin ('Taking the moderate path of appeasement leads to abysmal defeat.' - Rush on 11/05/08)
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To: freedomlover

Don’t Taze me, Bro! ;)


48 posted on 12/31/2008 2:50:39 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin ('Taking the moderate path of appeasement leads to abysmal defeat.' - Rush on 11/05/08)
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Maybe Wal-Mart should run our health care system?

Good idea! Guaranteed to be at least 100% better than anything the Dorks in DC come up with.

49 posted on 12/31/2008 2:59:54 PM PST by upchuck (Get ready for 2009: Pray; Raise/conserve cash; Pay your debts; Pray; Stockpile; Buy ammo; Pray)
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To: anymouse

“Makes you just want to go choke a hippie, so he’ll know how it feels. :)”

Most enviro-nuts are not hippies. They are the younger generations brainwashed by the public school system, with a few old hippies thrown in for good measure.


50 posted on 12/31/2008 3:17:41 PM PST by EEDUDE
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