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    EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

    Please tell me this is just hyperbole and not really the EPA's position.

    Asthma patients who rely on over-the-counter inhalers will need to switch to prescription-only alternatives as part of the federal government's latest attempt to protect the Earth's atmosphere.
    The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday patients who use the epinephrine inhalers to treat mild asthma will need to switch by Dec. 31 to other types that do not contain chlorofluorocarbons, an aerosol substance once found in a variety of spray products.
    The action is part of an agreement signed by the U.S. and other nations to stop using substances that deplete the ozone layer, a region in the atmosphere that helps block harmful ultraviolet rays from the Sun.
    But the switch to a greener inhaler will cost consumers more. Epinephrine inhalers are available via online retailers for around $20, whereas the alternatives, which contain the drug albuterol, range from $30 to $60.


    We couldn't make this other type of inhalers available over the counter? I thought this administrations position was in making health care more affordable.

    Obama Administration to Ban Asthma Inhalers Over Environmental Concerns | The Weekly Standard

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    Re: EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

    Important Facts.

    1) The U.S. is bound by the Montreal treaty, signed in 1987, which has timetables for phasing our a ozone attacking gases called CFC. CFC is used to propel the drug in an inhaler.
    2) The FDA mandated the end of most CFC inhalers back in 2008. This article is about a specific type of inhaler for that dispenses epinephrine that is being taken off the market by 2012.
    3) The CFC propellant has largely been replaced by another type of gases called HFA in most inhalers.
    4) There is no HFA version that dispenses the epinephrine drug. Users will have to switch to an entirely different drug called albuterol.
    5) The Pharma industry made a deliberate choice not to develop an HFA epinephrine inhaler back in 2007, even though the FDA pointed out there were no technical barriers.

    Its easier to force consumers to buy a new more expensive prescription drug than create an actual replacement. Yet another example of the American public being bent over by the drug industry.
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    Re: EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    Important Facts.

    1) The U.S. is bound by the Montreal treaty, signed in 1987, which has timetables for phasing our a ozone attacking gases called CFC. CFC is used to propel the drug in an inhaler.
    2) The FDA mandated the end of most CFC inhalers back in 2008. This article is about a specific type of inhaler for that dispenses epinephrine that is being taken off the market by 2012.
    3) The CFC propellant has largely been replaced by another type of gases called HFA in most inhalers.
    4) There is no HFA version that dispenses the epinephrine drug. Users will have to switch to an entirely different called albuterol.
    5) The Pharma industry made a deliberate choice not to develop an HFA epinephrine inhaler back in 2007, even though the FDA pointed out their were no technical barriers.

    Its easier to force consumers to buy a new more expensive prescription drug than create an actual replacement. Yet another example of the American public being bent over by drug industry.
    So, it sounds to me like a payoff for campaign contributions.

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    Re: EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Perry View Post
    So, it sounds to me like a payoff for campaign contributions.
    More like collusion among manufactures to avoid creating lower cost replacements. There isn't anything the FDA can when the industry refuses to create a needed drug for extra profits. I doubt anyone was paid off, our system is simply broken.

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    Re: EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    More like collusion among manufactures to avoid creating lower cost replacements. There isn't anything the FDA can when the industry refuses to create a needed drug for extra profits. I doubt anyone was paid off, our system is simply broken.
    So again.....this is no way to bring down health care costs. How are we supposed to do that with things like this happening?

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    Re: EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

    It was Ronnie Reagan who signed up for this, not President Obama.

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    "...Letter from Ronald Reagan to the U.S. Senate:
    "THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 21, 1987
    To the Senate of the United States:
    I transmit herewith, for the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification, the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, done at Montreal on September 16, 1987. The report of the Department of State is also enclosed for the information of the Senate.
    The Montreal Protocol provides for internationally coordinated control of ozone-depleting substances in order to protect public health and the environment from potential adverse effects of depletion of stratospheric ozone. The Protocol was negotiated under the auspices of the United Nations Environment Program, pursuant to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, which was ratified by the United States in August 1986.
    In this historic agreement, the international community undertakes cooperative measures to protect a vital global resource. The United States played a leading role in the negotiation of the Protocol. United States ratification is necessary for entry into force and effective implementation of the Protocol. Early ratification by the United States will encourage similar action by other nations whose participation is also essential.
    I recommend that the Senate give early and favorable consideration to the Protocol and give its advice and consent to ratification.
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    Re: EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

    Quote Originally Posted by Manc Skipper View Post
    It was Ronnie Reagan who signed up for this, not President Obama.
    Obama just granted waivers for schools. So again, if we are to hold down health care costs, how are we going to do this when we have things like this?

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    Re: EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

    This is more about Big Pharm wanting to see this low-cost alternative gone than the ozone or EPA. The same company that makes this has switched the propellant in its more expensive inhaled products but not this one. If they can blame the government for this and make it stick, well that's gravy.
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    Re: EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

    It was Ronnie Reagan who signed up for this, not President Obama.
    Reagan made the right call. There was a giant hole over Antarctica in the 80's and continued damage to the ozone layer risked UV exposure. The treaty has proved successful in reducing the number of CDC's and tangibly healed the ozone layer.

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    Re: EPA to ban affordable inhalers?

    Quote Originally Posted by rathi View Post
    Important Facts.

    1) The U.S. is bound by the Montreal treaty, signed in 1987, which has timetables for phasing our a ozone attacking gases called CFC. CFC is used to propel the drug in an inhaler.
    2) The FDA mandated the end of most CFC inhalers back in 2008. This article is about a specific type of inhaler for that dispenses epinephrine that is being taken off the market by 2012.
    3) The CFC propellant has largely been replaced by another type of gases called HFA in most inhalers.
    4) There is no HFA version that dispenses the epinephrine drug. Users will have to switch to an entirely different drug called albuterol.
    5) The Pharma industry made a deliberate choice not to develop an HFA epinephrine inhaler back in 2007, even though the FDA pointed out there were no technical barriers.

    Its easier to force consumers to buy a new more expensive prescription drug than create an actual replacement. Yet another example of the American public being bent over by the drug industry.
    More like, being bent over by the government--BOHICA. This is a government regulation, in case you didn't notice.
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