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    Re: EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

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    Re: EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    Nobody said that anyone was banning inhalers. The arguement is the affordable ones are being banned and this is how we control health care costs? Re-read my thread title.
    Did you miss the title of this thread then? Also several other similar bits of scaremongering nonsense on the same theme on other sites?
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    Re: EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

    Quote Originally Posted by bicycleman View Post
    I remember the discussion occurred about that time frame, but the concentration was leveled toward aerosol cans, deodorants, bug spray, air fresheners, yet they have not been banned. I supposed the ingredients that harm the environment were removed from those products, yet these over the counter inhalers are to be banned. I would hardly think these inhalers contribute to the demise of the ozone layer. Their banning will more than likely contribute to the demise of the poor, who cannot afford adequate medical treatment.

    Oh, I have forgotten about free health care that has been signed into law. Now we working stiffs will be forced to pay for more expensive medical treatment because the over the counter inhalants have been banned.
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    They are not going to ban inhalers merely change the propellant used - which happened here years ago so I have no idea why America is dragging it's butt and then screaming poor - it is not as if there is any new technology or product to justify the price hike
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    Re: EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    Everything is a minor issue until they are all added together.
    Like there is 200 million asthmatics worldwide and about 300 million COPD sufferers who were using CFC's - the question still remains - if all the other countries have swapped over why is it costing America so much? Although Wiki gives us some clues - as well as a heads up that this might only be temporary

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in April 2005 mandated all (including salbutamol) inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) were to be prohibited in the United States as of December 31, 2008.[16] CFC inhalers had previously been given "essential use" status, exempting it from a CFC-production ban; however, in accordance with the Montreal Protocol, they will be phased out; in many other countries, patients have been transitioned to non-CFC based inhalers using hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) propellant. Pharmaceutical manufacturers were expected to produce adequate supplies of alternative (HFA) inhalers by 2009.[citation needed]

    Due to patent restrictions, HFA salbutamol inhalers cost significantly more per inhaler than existing generic CFC salbutamol inhalers.[17] Generic HFA salbutamol inhalers are not expected to reach the United States market until after 2012 due to existing patents.[17]

    Salbutamol is widely used, and accounts for anywhere from 78% of all bronchodilator prescriptions in 2005 to 85% in 2008.[18] However, patients in the United States who cannot tolerate the HFA salbutamol inhalers will not have a single salbutamol alternative available to them domestically after December 31, 2008.[19] The FDA did not approve any alternatives to HFA and there are few standard inhaled lung medications in the United States that come in dry powder inhaler (DPI) versions. Noticeably missing is salbutamol in DPI form in the United States, although it is available in most of the rest of the world in salbutamol DPIs.
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    Re: EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    One specific brand of OTC inhaler uses the banned CFC as a propellant. "Primatine Mist" is the only single sole unique aerosol can inhaler which still does this. Nobody is banning inhalers as a group. Far-right talking point central is pushing your buttons again. Relax.
    Thanks for pointing that out. I only know of Primatine Mist, though there may be other over the counter inhalers. I was long ago prescribed Albuterol until I informed my doctor that Albuterol was no longer working.

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    Re: EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

    Quote Originally Posted by bowerbird View Post
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    They are not going to ban inhalers merely change the propellant used - which happened here years ago so I have no idea why America is dragging it's butt and then screaming poor - it is not as if there is any new technology or product to justify the price hike
    You forget, you live in Australia. With what has been happening here in the last few years, all bets are off.

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    Re: EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

    Quote Originally Posted by bicycleman View Post
    You forget, you live in Australia. With what has been happening here in the last few years, all bets are off.
    ??????? That doesn't address her point at all.

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    Re: EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

    Quote Originally Posted by bicycleman View Post
    You forget, you live in Australia. With what has been happening here in the last few years, all bets are off.
    Believe me, I will not forget that I live in Australia!!

    But we have already made the switch, as have many other nations - America has actually delayed until just about the time when the price will come down - so really YOU are the lucky ones this time
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    Re: EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

    Quote Originally Posted by bowerbird View Post
    Believe me, I will not forget that I live in Australia!!

    But we have already made the switch, as have many other nations - America has actually delayed until just about the time when the price will come down - so really YOU are the lucky ones this time
    I hope you are right, BB. I was hoping for input from the medical professionals all over this forum, and I wasn't disappointed. I'm glad it has been over-hyped from that news article, and maybe there is not a whole lot to it. I always looked at Primatine Mist being the last resort if I was caught without a rescue inhaler. Then again, you can't beat piping hot tea or coffee when you're in a real jam, especially when you leave the inhaler at home.

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    Re: EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Boo Radley View Post
    ??????? That doesn't address her point at all.
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