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  • Politics Feds Finalizing Ban on Over-the-Counter Asthma Inhalers Over Environmental Concerns

    09/26/2011 5:43:23 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Fox ^ | 9/26/11 | Judson Berger
    Hundreds of thousands of asthma sufferers who use an over-the-counter inhaler will be compelled to seek a more costly prescription device by the end of the year, when the federal government plans to ban them over environmental concerns. The Food and Drug Administration last week began a media push to get the word out about the looming phase-out. After Dec. 31, the epinephrine asthma inhaler known as Primatene Mist will no longer be available. The product is currently the only FDA-approved over-the-counter inhaler and is being taken off the shelves because it uses something called chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as a propellant...