Skip to comments.Wal-Mart To Sell Cheaper Inhaler
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.
I suppose it depends on what "inactive ingredients" are added by their Chinese suppliers.
Can you say China inhalers?
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. :)
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.
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.
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. ;)
-—they did a good job post-Katrina, too-—
Lol! It was an assumption.
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*
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.
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.
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.
I would gather that most didn't even have a clue...this was going to happen.
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.
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.
Walmart generics have been wonderful for me.
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-Marts 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.
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.
—it appears to me that they have probably done more to lower prescription drug prices than any other entity, government or otherwise, too—
“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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dont get it confused with this.
Don’t they mean breathalyzer? Inhalator?
(Ask Obama . . . )
Please put me on the list. Thanks.
Arrrrgh, I didn’t save it! I dunno if there is an asthma / COPD ping list ... anybody? Who wants to be listmaster?
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.
I'd rather just punch one out.
I've heard this before. Wonderful how Mother Gaia matters more than someone who can't breathe.
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.
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.
Amen me too brother
Please add me to the list. Thanks
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.
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?
Thank you so much for the heads up. This sure will be a huge savings. Once again, thank you!
Thanks Kozak for mentioning it. I posted about that nebulizer. It is fantastic!
Well, in China the main ingredient in all medicines and food is melamine.
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! :)
Well, the end goal of said ‘EnviroWeenies’ IS to have us all drop dead. Except for them. ;)
Don’t Taze me, Bro! ;)
Good idea! Guaranteed to be at least 100% better than anything the Dorks in DC come up with.
“Makes you just want to go choke a hippie, so hell 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.