No more Primatene Mist in the U.S. after this year
September 22nd, 2011
01:56 PM ET

No more Primatene Mist in the U.S. after this year

The Food and Drug Administration is reminding doctors and patients that Primatene Mist, the only nonprescription asthma inhaler in the United States, can no longer be sold or prescribed after December 31.   Asthma patients are urged to get prescriptions for alternative medications, since this treatment option runs out at the end of the year, the FDA said Thursday.

Primatene Mist, an epinephrine inhaler, made by Armstrong Pharmaceutical Inc., contains chlorofluorocarbons, a chemical known to deplete the ozone layer.   After the United States signed an international agreement - The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer - to phase-out the compounds, the FDA announced in 2008,  that these inhalers could not be made or sold in 2012.

"If you rely on an over-the-counter inhaler to relieve your asthma symptoms, it is important that you contact a health care professional to talk about switching to a different medicine to treat your asthma," said Dr. Badrul Chowdhury, director of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Rheumatology Products in the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.

Chlorofluorocarbons are chemicals that contain fluorine, chlorine, and carbon. With inhalers, they are used as a propellant to move the medication, helping the user to breathe it in. According to The National Library of Science at the National Institutes of Health, once released, the odorless, colorless and nontoxic compounds get into the Earth's atmosphere where they break apart and release chemicals that destroy the Earth's ozone layer. CFCs can last more than 100 years in the atmosphere.

The FDA says a number of manufacturers have already replaced their CFC inhalers with a propellant called hydrofluoroalkane  or HFA, which is more environment-friendly, but there's currently no HFA version of an epinephrine inhaler available. Epinephrine is a hormone that's used to treat life-threatening allergic reactions. It opens up the airways in the lungs and allows patients to breathe more easily.

CFCs have been used in products like refrigerators, air conditioners, cleaning products and aerosols since the 1930s. Those products with CFCs were banned in the U.S. in 1995. They've been used in inhalers since the 1980s.

Chowdhury says asthma patients can continue using an inhaler that's not empty by the December 31 deadline as long as the expiration date is still good. He says HFA inhalers are safe and effective, but warns they may taste and feel different. "Talk with your health care professional to make sure you are using it correctly and getting the correct dose."

According to Chowdhury there are two prescription inhalers that still use CFCs. Those products are also part of the international agreement and they have phase-out dates of December 31, 2013.

soundoff (789 Responses)
  1. M Gonzales

    The company that makes this Product has a replacement with a eco-friendly propellent already developed but its waiting in FDA paperwork limbo at the moment. If a replacement product is waiting in the wings the government should put a hold on barring this product while they look at its replacement, peoples lives are in danger here.

    September 22, 2011 at 23:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brian Schlosser

      How are people's lives in danger if this is a non-prescription, OTC drug? If their asthma is that bad, they should be on prescription medicine in the first place.

      September 22, 2011 at 23:52 | Report abuse |
    • Robert Dennis

      Some people have their asthma under control and just need an emergency inhaler. An asthma attack can be caused by a spasm of the bronchul tubes, PM relieves that spasm.

      September 22, 2011 at 23:57 | Report abuse |
    • @ Brian Schlosser

      Tell that to the people without health insurance who a) can't afford to go to the doctor, and b) can't afford to get a prescription inhaler.

      September 23, 2011 at 00:21 | Report abuse |
    • Josie

      Folks should not be treating asthma with over the counter inhalers like Primatene. Using a one-size-fits all inhaler is a huge mistake.

      September 23, 2011 at 00:35 | Report abuse |
    • Viper1j

      Just buy a couple of cases, and stock up. You might even be able to turn a buck or two after the 31st.

      September 23, 2011 at 00:44 | Report abuse |
    • CW

      Why are they even bothering then, if taking PM too much can damage the lungs? Invest in a decent treatment and you save money in the long run, rather than constantly using a rescue inhaler which doesn't treat the condition. And you can still get help paying for medications if you look for help like on the FDA site.

      September 23, 2011 at 00:46 | Report abuse |
    • Crocky

      Albuterol is $4 at any Walmart or Kroger, and they can get a prescription at the ER, since they're not going to pay for that anyways, thanks to Reagan and EMTALA.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:26 | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      Brian, not everyone has the money to pay for a doctor's visit, or for prescriptions, which can be costlier, if a person lacks insurance. Many, many people cannot afford health insurance.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:53 | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      Crocky, Albuterol is NOT $4 at Walmart unless you're on Medicaid, Medicare, or have insurance. Lots of people do not qualify or cannot afford insurance. And if not receiving public health care, many people cannot afford the doctor's visit necessary to get a prescription.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:58 | Report abuse |
    • james

      My Mother lost her job due do to the economy and as a result lost her benefits.
      She has asthma ans actually says the PM is better then a prescription for her anyways so now she has to pay 100 or so to see a greedy dr and get a script that cost prob 80 for a inhaler and cost 4 in other countries anyways this goverment is messed up atleasst have a replacement first

      September 23, 2011 at 13:06 | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      PM got me through my asthmatic childhood (decades ago), back when doctors didn't diagnose asthma. I had a mother who was not too into mothering by the time I came around, so when I had asthma attacks she passed it off as allergies. The mother of a friend bought PM for me when she saw that I was gasping for breath after playing outdoors in the cold. Unless you have asthma or another health issue that makes it hard to breathe, you have no idea how frightening an attack can be. Yes, there is a place in the market for this inhaler. For the uninsured, for those who have intermittent attacks and don't see the need for a prescription for daily treatments...there are people who need this. And BTW, I have great insurance and still had to pay a huge co-pay for branded inhalers (I no longer need them, as I no longer suffer from asthma).

      September 23, 2011 at 13:30 | Report abuse |
    • Fred Frederson

      Nobody's life is in danger, you clown. This is not a medication for severe asthma. It's a non-perscription, aerosolized form of adrenaline. Slow your roll.

      September 23, 2011 at 13:38 | Report abuse |
    • Davethecanuck

      That mountain you are pointing to looks like a hill from here... of the mole variety.

      September 23, 2011 at 13:45 | Report abuse |
    • Elaine

      crocky, Albuterol is not $4 at any Walmart or Kroger because Albuterol is not a generic drug. There are currently no generic drug options for asthma inhalers. I have insurance and I still have to pay $75 for my inhalers.

      September 23, 2011 at 13:47 | Report abuse |
    • LJ

      PM is a dangerous drug. It is epinephrine based. If you have any form of cardiac arrythmias it very well could kill you if you take it.

      September 23, 2011 at 13:48 | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      This is all about money. Period. It is so blatantly obvious, it would be laughable if it weren't so tragic. FDA, in its magisterial splendor, has approved a new product only available by prescription which will cost at least five times as much as the one that has worked perfectly for decades. There is no health issue, and the "environmental" issue is completely bogus. This is the government helping big business rip off the middle class, as usual. People will die because of this. This is beyond disgusting.

      September 23, 2011 at 14:09 | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      Brian then they should pay 10x the cost for the prescription.? get real, Darn greenies with no sense are ruining everything.

      September 23, 2011 at 14:34 | Report abuse |
  2. Demosthenes

    Unbelievable! This is the type of crap that is wrong with our country. We kowtow to all the nonsense about global warming and the liberal agenda, without really understanding the consequences. Believe me, this earth has been around for 4 billion years and it will take care of itself. I can only hope for a good plague to hit! We need to thin the herds!

    September 22, 2011 at 23:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Brian Schlosser

      Yes, the deadly consequence of mild annoyance! Al Gore secretly wanted to destroy Primatene Mist! We're through the rabbit hole, here, people.

      September 22, 2011 at 23:51 | Report abuse |
    • CW

      Sorry for the conspiracy nuts, but they knew about the CFCs causing the ozone destruction and dealt with it (read: Montreal Protocol) long before this current and unrelated debate on global warming.

      September 22, 2011 at 23:54 | Report abuse |
    • MaryInBoise

      Yep, it will take care of itself. Once our species destroys itself through all sorts of destruction of the planet, it will definitely go back to equilibrium.

      September 23, 2011 at 00:22 | Report abuse |
    • heliocracy

      This isn't about global warming. There is no doubt among even the stupidest people that CFC's damage the ozone layer. Ozone blocks harmful solar radiation from reaching the surface of the earth. I suppose you're also okay if companies can dump toxic waste into rivers and lakes? You show me someone who says all government regulations are bad, I'll show you a rich person who is angry that they can't get a little richer by destroying the environment that belongs to all of us, and that we all depend on for our health and lives.

      September 23, 2011 at 00:26 | Report abuse |
    • Angelique

      Believe you eh? Who the @#%@ are you?

      September 23, 2011 at 01:14 | Report abuse |
    • TooClose2DV

      Can you be patient zero when the plague hits? Oh please do this for humanity and the earth!

      September 23, 2011 at 11:39 | Report abuse |
    • tsavong

      You first

      September 23, 2011 at 12:40 | Report abuse |
    • Cornholio

      The herd will be better off without morons like you.

      September 23, 2011 at 12:55 | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Hey guess what? Ozone depletion has nothing to do with global warming. But don't let facts or science get in the way of a good right-wing rant!

      September 23, 2011 at 13:29 | Report abuse |
    • Davis Spitzher

      I volunteer YOU for culling.

      September 23, 2011 at 13:37 | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      CFCs affect the ozone layer that protects us from solar radiation. There are already huge holes in the ozone with noticable effects on earth environments. Big business has a vested interest in not conforming to EPA regulations (and in this case FDA as well) because protecting the environment is not cheap. It takes an investment of time and money. This cuts into corporate profits and reduces CEO bonuses. Heaven forbid someone with a mult-million dollar salary not getting his mult-million dollar bonus because the rest of us want clean water to drink and clean air to breathe.

      September 23, 2011 at 13:42 | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      I mostly agree, but this is no "liberal agenda". This is the FDA further enriching pharmaceutical corporations at the expense of sick people. The FDA is the most bloated, intrusive agency in the entire federal government. They went completely beyond their original mandate in the Pure Food and Drug Act decades. The FDA must be drastically reduced, if not eliminated.

      September 23, 2011 at 14:13 | Report abuse |
    • Katmajere

      DIID SOMEBODY FORGET THAT 50 MILLION AMERICANS DO NOT HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE???!!!! SURE! JUST TALK TO YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER!! WHAT A CROCK OF CRAP! Prescription Inhalers can cost HUNDREDS of dollars if you do not have health insurance. This makes me sick.

      September 23, 2011 at 14:15 | Report abuse |
  3. JCBAsthmaDoc

    This dangerous drug should have been pulled years ago. Treating asthma with it is like treating pneumonia with aspirin. It hides one of symptoms, wheezing, but doesn't even treat the actual disease. It and the safer prescription drug albuterol should rarely be needed. One inhaler should last at least 1 year. At $40 an inhaler, that's a little more than $3 a month. Affordable for almost everyone. If you are using more, you are not controlled and should be on a prescription inhaled steroid or combination med. Those are expensive, but most are covered by insurance, coupons are often available to cover copays, and most pharm companies have plans that provide free or very low cost medications to people who don't have insurance. Some plans will provide free meds to people at 250% of the poverty level ( $50,000+ for a family of 4). If you are taking this, get a safer med. If you are taking this frequently get on a controller, and if you are taking albuterol more than twice a week, let your doc know, and if they can't fix it, find a new doc.

    September 22, 2011 at 23:29 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Robert Dennis

      @JCBAsthmaDoc and other sceptics. I have had asthma all my life, for me this inhaler is the only one to be an effective emergency inhaler. I have used so many different drugs I can't count. I have had NO side effects with Primatine. Recently I have had to go to stronger meds because of a bout bronchitis. Albuterol DOES have side effects, dry mouth (causing me to bite my tounge), raised blood pressure, and lowered potassium (I had the worst leg cramp in my life yesterday). Flovent (a steroid) has the side effect of skin breakouts. And the very expensive Singular has had little effect. I know PM doesn't meet the medical profession's idea of a medicine, but IT WORKS. And really HOW MANY inhalers does it take to breakdown the ozone layer anyway? It's all about the money. The newer propellent adds $25 per inhaler due to patent rights... hmmm I wonder if that has anything to do with it.

      September 22, 2011 at 23:55 | Report abuse |
    • jim d.

      very good point. i've spent the last 20 years working on an ambulance as a paramedic.

      September 23, 2011 at 00:34 | Report abuse |
    • Kabsher RRT

      I agree 100% DOC.... There is a huge movement in Asthma Education to transition patients to albuterol and to educate patients on proper use of albuterol with a spacer. This is so much more effective and far less dangerous than PM. I am so glad to see this pulled from the market! A step in the right direction for sure...... Now if we could only get everyone to use their meds properly so they are effective!

      September 23, 2011 at 00:37 | Report abuse |
    • Josie

      I believe Krissy Taylor, Nikke Taylor's sister (she was also a model, died after using this. She was also using some other prescription drugs, but it really shows how most people just go using OTC scrips like they're totally safe in every situation no matter what: http://www.asthma.partners.org/newfiles/BoFAChapter2.html

      September 23, 2011 at 00:38 | Report abuse |
    • CW

      Well, regardless of what we debate on CNN, the fact is, the current version of PM will be no more, and they will be rolling out a replacement. No matter what you do, the current one is no more, as a result of a worldwide international treaty banning any and all CFCs that has already been in force for decades, and now it's PM's turn to phase them out. Users will need to make do with the replacement they're rolling out, or get a prescription.

      September 23, 2011 at 00:53 | Report abuse |
    • Anna

      Man, I don't know what you're saying, one inhaler should last a year? Many people have the need for an inhaler much more often. Even if I am religious with my preventative, I often need my emergency inhaler daily before I exercise during allergy season. And NO inhaler cures asthma. You claim to be an asthma doc? All inhalers merely control the symptoms. I agree, primatene is pretty low rent and not strong enough to help most people, but it could be the difference between life and death for some. The most important thing with asthma is to control symptoms quickly, before they escalate.

      September 23, 2011 at 13:10 | Report abuse |
    • Cornholio

      I just got back from the hospital. While there, I was misdiagnosed (as in WRONGLY diagnosed) with both hypertension and diabetes. I failed to fill the prescriptions given for those.

      While in the hospital, my BP was consistently elevated, as high as 199/119. Now that I am home, it is consistently healthy for a teenager (109/70), even though I am 55 and 285 lbs.

      My blood sugar levels were elevated temporarily, and the doctor said she ran a 3 month test and that those levels were elevated, as well, even though testing on site in the hospital showed that to be false. I refused the insulin injection.

      Is ignorance malpractice? When it is the result of arrogance, yes. When you arrogantly believe yourself or your knowledge base to be infallible, your ignorance falls into the category of arrogant and willful ignorance.

      The only thing that saved me is my own lack of ignorance, and personal knowledge of my body and myself. I'm going to speak to a lawyer about this, but not one personally involved in malpractice cases, to avoid at least some of the bias associated with "profit".

      September 23, 2011 at 13:14 | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      If you are really a doctor, you have a vested interest in making people come to you and pay for an office visit to get a prescription. The pharmaceutical corporations have a huge interest in forcing people to use a prescription medication they can sell for five to ten times as much as an equally effective over-the-counter medication. This is all about lining pockets at the expense of sick people, many of whom are poor and have no insurance or access to handout programs. The medical and pharmaceutical industries and their buddies at the FDA should all be ashamed. Or course, they're not.

      September 23, 2011 at 14:31 | Report abuse |
    • JCBAsthmaDoc

      For all of those skeptical that one inhaler should last a year, that is the goal for anyone with asthma. More than that is considered not controlled. Increased rescue inhaler use is directly related to increased risk of dying from asthma. Increased albuterol use leads to tachyphylaxis, a condition that significantly lowers the effect of the albuterol. In otherwords, the more you use it, the less it works. Like I said before, if you are using more than one can of albuterol, or PM in a year, see your doctor. If he/she doesn't think that is a problem, find a new doctor because that is one of the definitions of poor control. Everyone is different, and controller meds are different. Work with your doc to find the one of combination that works. As for "bronchitis," there really is no such single illness. Bronchitis is nothing more than a description. If you have asthma, you have a type of bronchitis, if you have a cold you have a type of bronchitis, if you are a smoker, you have another type of bronchitis. Many doctors who have lesser skills with respiratory illnesses lump all bronchitises into one diagnosis and use that as a reason to give antibiotics and get to the next patient. Antibiotics are useless most of the time, however, if you have asthma, steroids will help very quickly. So, if you have asthma, and your doc treats your "bronchitis" with antibiotics every time, and you continue to cough for more than a week or so, tell him it's your asthma. If he refuses to treat it as an asthma flair with oral steroids, find another doc. There are so many people whose asthma is poorly treated because doctors often don't understand asthma and perpetuate this incorrect concept of "bronchitis." Sorry, the "B" word is a pet peeve of mine because I've seen so many people improperly treated because of that diagnosis.

      September 25, 2011 at 09:36 | Report abuse |
  4. suz

    Primatene mist is nasty. I used it as a kid. The prescription inhalers are so much better, and don't make you feel sick!

    September 22, 2011 at 23:43 | Report abuse | Reply


    September 23, 2011 at 00:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • dude

      lay off the bong...

      September 23, 2011 at 00:56 | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      We don't vote for FDA commissioners. They are appointed by the President on the advice of large pharmaceutical corporations, then approved by the Senate in return for generous love offerings from the same.

      September 23, 2011 at 14:42 | Report abuse |
  6. heliocracy

    This isn't about global warming. There is no doubt among even the stupidest people that CFC's damage the ozone layer. Ozone blocks harmful solar radiation from reaching the surface of the earth. I suppose you're also okay if companies can dump toxic waste into rivers and lakes? You show me someone who says all government regulations are bad, I'll show you a rich person who is angry that they can't get a little richer by destroying the environment that belongs to all of us, and that we all depend on for our health and lives.

    September 23, 2011 at 00:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • heliocracy

      Sorry this was meant as a reply to an earlier post.

      September 23, 2011 at 00:27 | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Please read the story. There is a non-destructive propellant that can be used, but the FDA refuses to allow it. Instead they are going to force people to get a doctor's prescription to buy a medication many times more expensive that works no better. It is not about the environment or health. It is about money and the shameless way the FDA supports the pharmaceutical industry at the expense of the American people.

      September 23, 2011 at 14:36 | Report abuse |
    • Robert Dennis

      @Robert There is just no non-CFC epinephrine inhaler on the market, not that the FDA prevents them. PM will change their formula at the end of the year. They are probalby holding off because it cost abour $25 per inhaler more to produce due to patent rights on the new propellents.

      September 23, 2011 at 15:10 | Report abuse |
  7. j

    Our gov doesnt allow medicine from Canada, they want us to pay for forced health insurance, and now they are forcing millions of americans to pay for doctors and higher medications. Im ashamed to be called American at times like these...

    September 23, 2011 at 00:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Skipper

      Iran is accepting detectors... You should go.

      September 23, 2011 at 01:14 | Report abuse |
    • D-Nice

      How dare they make us get insurance and go to the doctor. Sounds like they want us to be healthy or something, disgusting..

      September 23, 2011 at 01:48 | Report abuse |
    • Cornholio

      I am also ashamed that you call yourself American, as we already have enough ignorant imbeciles (you are part of that demographic).

      Please, move to Dubai, where they have no taxes or regulations.

      September 23, 2011 at 13:24 | Report abuse |
    • eva68

      @ D-nice.. But when did it become their decision and not mine? People need an inhaler without the bull! When you get hungry, you eat.. don't you?

      September 23, 2011 at 14:06 | Report abuse |
  8. ken

    i use primatene all my life and it works great plus i dont need to pay the high cost of seeing a doctor to get a refill. i hope they use something else as a propellent. i wonder what i will have to do now. i hope the fda thinks about the harm it might be doing

    September 23, 2011 at 00:25 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CW

      They have said there will be a replacement, same product, different propellant, affordable and OTC.

      September 23, 2011 at 03:06 | Report abuse |
    • Daring Violetta

      Oh all-knowing CW,

      Epinephrine inhalers work much better for many of those that suffer from allergic asthma symptoms vs. albuterol. For many, albuterol inhalers come at double or triple the cost of PM. Waiting for the FDA to approve the replacement isn't an option that people can afford any more than they can already afford the dang overpriced stuff to begin with.

      September 23, 2011 at 14:59 | Report abuse |
  9. partisanmorons

    i hear it's the bleeding heart liberals fault on here. i hear its the don't care for the poor on here. get a clue. it's both of em. haven't you noticed they can't pass a damned thing without the other sides blessing. they are removing a non-prescription alternative that is proven to work and benefits millions under the guise of enviormental responsibility while leaving many other cfc products on the market. why, because now doctors can make more money (see how hard they struggle in this economy) by forcing you to buy inhalors from their pharmeceutical overlords. this law was bought and paid for on the back of the poor people who CANNOT AFFORD TO GO TO A FRIGGING DOCTOR to pay for an inhalor. people WILL die as a result of this

    September 23, 2011 at 00:27 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CW

      You do know that there have been users stating that taking PM too many times can damage your lungs right? It's not a treatment, it's a rescue inhaler. You still need a prescription inhaler to actually treat the asthma condition itself. Not to mention, they're developing an affordable OTC replacement for it.

      September 23, 2011 at 00:37 | Report abuse |
    • CW

      And if you don't think so, go to the product page they state it themselves.

      September 23, 2011 at 00:38 | Report abuse |
    • CW

      Oh, wait I forgot, we Americans don't read disclaimers, fine print, or research anything we buy or undergo or otherwise sign up for anymore.

      September 23, 2011 at 00:43 | Report abuse |
    • jim d.

      no. primatene mist isn't an alternative to albuterol and lev-albuterol (xopenex) and many other drugs out there. it's dangerous. it raises the heart rate too much at a time when the heart can't afford the workload. no, people will not die. you are being silly.

      September 23, 2011 at 01:04 | Report abuse |
    • TooClose2DC

      The good thing is that the unversal healthcare ensures people who can't afford health insurance have health insurance and even better, pre-existing conditions can't be used to deny anyone! While there may be many things wrong with the universal healthcare law, coverage for the poor is not one of them!

      September 23, 2011 at 11:47 | Report abuse |
  10. mdc

    Asthma patients are urged to get prescriptions for alternative medications, since this treatment option runs out at the end of the year, the FDA said Thursday.

    It figures. The FDA is in bed with big pharma you know.

    September 23, 2011 at 00:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • DJL

      This decision was not made by the FDA, but rather is due to a treaty which the US signed. Next time, try reading the article.

      September 23, 2011 at 01:30 | Report abuse |
    • CW

      Generally speaking, those who can't do their own research or at least read the article (which doesn't even have all the facts) probably never went to college to do independent research for papers. Either that or they cheated their way through, because most of the facts are plainly obvious since they've been out there without debate.

      September 23, 2011 at 01:39 | Report abuse |
  11. Lord Vader

    Now that I have just heard this........ I am going to buy about 100 of these and get as many as I can donated to myself and then purposely release the ozone depleting material into the air.! Oh and lets not forget, since this is another stupid rule, I will add some plastics, styrofoam, wood, perhaps some glossy magazine paper too and burn them in my barrels. I say I will burn about 2500 pounds of toxic trash into the air in celebration of another stupid rule so save our allegedly fragile earth.

    September 23, 2011 at 00:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CW

      You do that, just hope the cops don't see you burning that brilliant concoction of toxic materials!

      September 23, 2011 at 00:40 | Report abuse |
    • Aerin

      what are you doing, trying to earn an Idiot Badge?

      September 23, 2011 at 13:08 | Report abuse |
    • rtbrno65

      I'm sure your neighbors will appreciate this.

      September 23, 2011 at 13:09 | Report abuse |
  12. jim d.

    Robert Dennis
    Robert Dennis
    Some people have their asthma under control and just need an emergency inhaler. An asthma attack can be caused by a spasm of the bronchul tubes, PM relieves that spasm.

    negative, ghost rider. PM is epi. epi is a bronchodilator. it just dilates the bronchioles. it does not treat the bronchospasm
    it's basic pharmacology. asthma had 3 components 1) bronchospasm 2) mucous plugging and 3) an immune system cascade

    September 23, 2011 at 00:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Jason

    This ban just might reveal how many people are ineffectively self-medicating. Many folks will realize that after a big, scary visit to the doctors office once a year, their asthma will be under better control. I have never seen a healthcare professional recommend this stuff and I've never known a chronic asthmatic (family is full of them) that used it. I've been around several people who had major asthma attacks and the first thing they said wasn't "OMG take me to Walgreens so I can get some Primatene Mist." It's usually "OMG take me to the ER."

    September 23, 2011 at 00:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CW

      Not to mention it's also getting the ban worldwide until they replace the CFCs. It's a worldwide thing, not just here in the US.

      September 23, 2011 at 00:41 | Report abuse |
    • jim d.

      people can and do die from asthma. i've seen it happen. if you're having a big-ass asthma attack PM with not help. albuterol and atrovent or (combivent-those two meds mixed) will help as will xopenex and of course oxygen. youre pretty much a moron. i've been a paramedic longer than youve been alive......

      September 23, 2011 at 01:08 | Report abuse |
    • diana

      Yesterday was my first OMG visit to the ER and it wasn't an OMG to Walmart for Primatene My asthma is not under control and I am on every asthma med available. Still won't use one that depletes the ozone layer. I have asthma because there are so many stupid chemicals in air (adult onset). I'm lucky. I have insurance. But PM isn't treatment. It's a stopgap measure that lets you breathe better for a minute but doesn't fix the problem! There are a lot of options out there for folks that don't have insurance. I've used them before. Allergy research programs, drug companies, docs will give samples. You just have to ask.

      September 23, 2011 at 13:47 | Report abuse |
  14. Drew Young

    This move is DANGEROUS and carelessly screws with peoples lives.

    I guarantee you people will die from this for the simple fact that I know many asthmatics, including myself who have been traveling and forgotten their normal inhalers, suddenly needing to find one. Primatene mist has been a lifesaver. (its highl erroneous to equate primotene with "treating pneumonia with aspirin"...it still works to clear the lungs and fast ! –and the immediacy of oxygen is as important as diagnosing any underlying cause.

    The alternative to BREATHING is then to go to the damn emergency room where you have to wait hours and pay exorbitant fees just to get a damn squirt of "oxygen juice!"

    So rather than take on the BIG POLLUTERS (like factories, cars, etc) .....theyre picking on asthmatics!

    It is wrong to remove something that can be a lifesaver in a pinch. Thanks FDA...in general I applaud you work, but this move was stupid.

    September 23, 2011 at 00:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jim d.

      no ones life have ever been saved by PM. period. end of story. that's a myth.

      September 23, 2011 at 01:09 | Report abuse |
    • CW

      They didn't make a "move" this phase-out has been over 2 decades in the making. You need to stop reading headlines, perusing articles, and actually do some real investigative journalism (apparently CNN makes their readers do most of that work now). So what of all the stories that PM has killed people, and doctors that say it damage lungs after chronic use? And you do realize a rescue inhaler only rescues you in an emergency, it doesn't treat the condition right? It may actually make it worse over time. You need a prescription to actually treat it. My cousin is an asthmatic and uses a prescription inhaler. He's on the track team and has not had any attacks for years now. And I'm not sure you're aware, but this is not a ban on OTC inhalers, it's a ban on the CFC propellants, and there will be a PM replacement forthcoming.

      September 23, 2011 at 01:25 | Report abuse |
  15. Tech

    There must be an awful lot of people using inhalers if their CFCs are making any real dent in the ozone layer. Or there are a lot of politicians without a clue who will take anything to absurd extremes. I vote the latter.

    September 23, 2011 at 01:02 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CW

      Or maybe 3, you're the one that's clueless?

      September 23, 2011 at 01:14 | Report abuse |
  16. slayer

    I have chronic urtaicaria (hives in plain english), primatene mist is a recommended rescue option if one does not have an epi pen. I've never had to use it but it was nice to know it was available. I imagine a lot more people will be making trips to the emergency room so the cost to taxpayers will continue to go up.

    September 23, 2011 at 01:07 | Report abuse | Reply
    • jim d.

      you have any idea how many times you'd have to take a puff off a primatine inhaler to get the same bioavailability of epinephrine
      as in an epi-pen dose??? at least 20....

      September 23, 2011 at 01:10 | Report abuse |
  17. CW

    The reason our nation keeps getting worse and worse is we're not paying attention to details, doing our own independent research, etc., and our politicians are using that same mob mentality. Look at the facts and evidence, and don't rely on emotions or talking points. The best solutions to problems are those discovered through careful, calm and collected analysis of facts and evidence.

    September 23, 2011 at 01:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. cja

    Banning CFCs is a "liberal agenda"?? Are you saying non-librals would prefer that we continue putting CFCs into the air? Spraying CFCs into the air is irrational no matter what your politics. Yes I know those darn "regulations" first the ban CFCs then they stop you from dumping your used paint thinner in the lake. What next?

    September 23, 2011 at 01:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CW

      Conservatives have short memories, such as how Reagan (their idol) was the one who agreed to the Montreal Protocol in '88, and its subsequent improvements, and Bush agreed to the Montreal Amendment updating the phasing schedule in '03. Or for those religious conservatives, you do know many religious figures including the Holy See also signed it and stated their belief that CFCs destroy the ozone right? Go look it up.

      September 23, 2011 at 01:43 | Report abuse |

    being an RN I know this inhaler is not the most healthy inhaler on the market, but for those that have no insurance and at only 15 buck it is a HELL OF A LOT cheaper then a 40-60 dollar Proair or Provent. I hope they bring it back!!!!!!! People will DIE because of this HORRIBLE choice by the US Government.

    September 23, 2011 at 02:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Seraphim0

      Wow. I hope I never get you as a nurse. Flat out: you are a moron. The US didn't wake up this morning and go: "you know what, let's ban PM... just because." This was an international treaty that we agreed to in 88. 1988. Again... 1988. They knew this was going to happen, put it on PM's company not to start developing an alternative.

      September 23, 2011 at 14:26 | Report abuse |
  20. fUll951

    some one said that since the ban of cfc's in the 80's or 90, that the ozone layer has already begun to fix it self- not true. its not even close to starting the "healing" some one else said that cfc's never make it to the upper atmospphere because they are heavier than air. it is true that the cfc's are heavier than air. but unlike in a "lab", these gases are exposed to sun light and break down. it takes the cfc's on the order of 50 to 80 years to reach the ozone layer(thats why i say it hasnt fixed it self yet). once there the CHLORINE destroys the ozone. and not just at a 1 to 1 ratio. i cant remeber the exact ratio at this time but one molecule of CHLORINE detroys tens of millions of O3 molecules befor its spent. some people say that its a proven fact that the man made cfc's are desrtoying the ozone. im sure they contibute. but i submit to you your real suspect in chlorine emisions: the ocean. its been producing chlorine for a long time and at a greater volume than we could ever hope to achive

    September 23, 2011 at 02:41 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Dao thi Uyen

    If a replacement product is waiting in the wings the government should put a hold on barring this product while they look at its replacement, peoples lives are in danger

    September 23, 2011 at 02:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Tired

    Thank goodness for all the know-it-alls (e.g. CW). I find it more than a little irritating that some of the clueless know-it-alls like to give advice to asthma sufferers on the proper treatment of our disease. Of course, these are the same know it alls who make a career posting comments because their boss hasn't caught them or because they have no TV at home. The only trustworthy posts on this article are from the asthmatics, myself included. PM has been used for decades. It may not be the best treatment, especially for more than a few times a week, but it works. And I don't care if your cousin's friend's fricken uncle has asthma! You still have no clue. Give it time, they'll probably find that Albuterol is more dangerous some day – maybe even to the ozone layer. Heck, if harmless levels of carbon dioxide have been declared deadly then everything is on the table, including the table. Remember when they told us saccharine caused cancer and it was banned. That turned out to be false and the replacements have been found to be more harmful to many people. And for the "so and so died from this...oh by the way they were on three other drugs at the same time" comments: just read and don't type.

    Yes: I'm a non-liberal that wants us to continue putting CFC's in the air. I guess I'm one of the stupid people. Since "they" told us that it's bad so anyone who disagrees is stupid. The CFC-ozone theory hasn't been proven outside of uncalibrated NASA instruments and the lab. The ozone layer hole is over the south pole but the vast majority of CFC's in the atmosphere linger in the northern hemisphere. The CFC debate has ended because people grew tired of it, not because it was proven. But I haven't kept up with the CFC propaganda over the last ten years (because "they" won) so it's possible that it does cause sunburn on banana spiders and premature ripening of pumpkins. And if you think it's the cause of increased levels of skin cancer, here's a clue: it's the water, not the sun. Speaking of growing tired, are you asleep yet?

    September 23, 2011 at 02:58 | Report abuse | Reply
    • CW

      Well, sorry to hear you want to keep thinking about yourself first then. I'm sure DDT is perfectly fine too, since that's the same arguments they used. And I'm sure the good folks at NASA appreciate you immediately assuming they make a habit of using uncalibrated instruments and producing flawed analysis. And it's been far more than 10 years, during which I'm sure these major industries except medicine somehow gave up the fight because they wanted to spend their money replacing CFCs as you would have everyone believe. And apparently you haven't read carefully enough, I stated that if CFCs aren't banned, they have the POTENTIAL to cause melanoma. And for the record, I'm reiterating the facts proven by others much smarter than myself. Unlike you, who wishes to claim they are all entirely and unequivocally wrong, and have been for decades. Sorry, but I would tend believe those who have been proven correct more often than you have, and present reasonable evidence, rather than your steadfast position of denying everything without evidence until you see for your own eyes.

      September 23, 2011 at 03:18 | Report abuse |
  23. ML

    The big issue with this is profiteering under the guise of being environmentally conscious. Asthma and other lung disorders requiring fast acting inhalers are so wide spread yet it was decided to reformulate these medicines to protect the environment. I am positive there are many more environmental atrocities occurring with greater impact than asthma medicine propellant. This has allowed pharmaceutical companies to milk the patents on these medications, demanding extremely high prices for such widely needed medications. People using Albuterol had waited for years for the medicine to become less expensive with the old propellant; now, here it is with an inflated price again simply because the drug companies are able to exploit environmental concerns for financial gain. Even with health insurance, a family with three asthmatics will pay about $100 per month just to be able to breathe. There is a $10, 60 puff Albuterol inhaler at walmart that can serve as an extra backup inhaler, but that is only about 1/3 of the doses as in a regular full size inhaler. Many sever asthmatics use a full size 200 puff inhaler each month. To have well-managed asthma is expensive, even with insurance, the other preventative drugs can cost up to $40 a month on top of the Albuterol inhaler cost. Albuterol should certainly be used instead of Primatine, but if your script is out or you are stuck somewhere without your Albuterol, this over the counter drug could save your life. It should remain available, affordable and accessible in the main medicine isle of stores, not behind the counter. Not everyone can just zip over to the emergency room for a shot of epinephrine or an Albuterol breathing treatment when they are in respiratory distress.

    September 23, 2011 at 08:23 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Robert Dennis

      Awww shuttup you commie. (That was a joke). You are exactly right. I don't know of a prescription rescue inhaler that works as fast or effectively as PM, at least for me anyway. The new propellent will add $25 to each inhaler due to patent rigths. I am on stonger meds no after a bout of bronchitis, lucky for me I have good insurance. My meds are almost $500/month.

      September 23, 2011 at 09:40 | Report abuse |
    • Seraphim0

      If you are using a 200 puff EMRGENCY inhaler per month... you really need to see a doctor and get a prescription, not PM. You at, at this point, treating the disease (or attempting to) just by alieviating the symptoms. THAT is what is dangerous about this. Human stupidity.

      September 23, 2011 at 14:31 | Report abuse |
    • ML

      I was referring to 200 inhalations of Albuterol, not PM. Original the dosing on Albuterol was 2 puffs, 3-4 times a day and before physical exercise (about 200 doses or one canister). It is now favored to manage asthma with inhaled steroids which may reduce the need to use Albuterol as frequently. It is hard to generalize about what is best for each asthmatic due to levels of severity and triggers. These drugs that "manage "asthma carry some pretty scary warnings such as the potential increase in severity of attacks even to the point of fatality. Not to mention that the warning about cataracts has become more pointed over the years, when initially it was reported that inhaled steroids were not suppose to contribute to cataract development.

      September 23, 2011 at 16:17 | Report abuse |
  24. LE

    Ask who ha$ the most to gain here AKA "Follow the Money", RX inhalers, while possibly a better treatment cost at least $60 a month with normal use. I have used Primeatine only as an emergency inhaler when I had no other. This enviornmental withdrawal really hurts those without insurance and puts lives at risk>see how long can you hold your breath to get an idea of what an immediate need this is.

    September 23, 2011 at 10:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Robert Dennis

      PM will be available with a different propellent, but it will probably cost about $50. 9New patent rights on the propellent)

      September 23, 2011 at 12:31 | Report abuse |
  25. CH

    Primatine is also available in pill form, which I have found works pretty well. Just need to take it immediately if you feel an attack coming on. Cleared up a bad attack I had that my prescription inhaler didn't help. If your asthma is pretty bad, get on the prescription prevention meds. Too many attacks reduce your lung function over time due to inflammation.

    September 23, 2011 at 10:57 | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Zerg Cerebrate

    Replace with Vespene Gas, kekeke

    September 23, 2011 at 12:38 | Report abuse | Reply
  27. erich2112x

    it's about the administration of Epinephrine which does now work well with HPA's. YUou can still get the pills, or you can keep an emergency Epinephrine administrator in your glove box.

    September 23, 2011 at 12:52 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. humtake

    Gee, I wonder who lobbied to make this happen? Let's see...I don't have to go pay exorbitant fees to see a doctor to get something that helps me just as much as what the doctor gives.

    September 23, 2011 at 13:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Seraphim0

      Wow. Nice reading comprehension. It was an international treaty that we signed in 1988. It wasn't put up by lobbyists to get past the legislature as a normal bill.

      September 23, 2011 at 14:32 | Report abuse |
  29. Aerin

    Black people are disproportionately affected by asthma, lack of health insurance and unemployment. This could be a perfect storm for some.

    September 23, 2011 at 13:04 | Report abuse | Reply
  30. T-Bird

    I agree that folks with asthma should get on a good regimen with the help of their doctor. However, there should be something out there that's an effective OTC treatment for acute attacks. Sell Primatine or Albuterol in single doses. Make it like an epi-pen for asthmatics. It seems stupid to force an ER visit for something as common as an Asthma attack. And let's face it, if you have had asthma for a long time, you're probably not going to admit that you need to go the ER until it's too late.

    September 23, 2011 at 13:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • VonDoom

      An epi-pen is something smart to have if you have asthma but those are only used for a dire situation. I've had to use one and frankly they suck. I know what you mean but when you use these inhalers, one dose isn't going to do anything. I carry mine around like my keys or wallet and even keep one in the car just in case. These inhalers are fine the way they are.

      If you made a list of 100 things that attribute to punching holes in the ozone layer, this would be at the bottom of the list. Lawnmowers and other gardening tools that run on gas engines should be banned before this is.

      September 23, 2011 at 13:21 | Report abuse |
  31. DathJuthThtupid

    I always knew it was really those asthmatics blowin' a hole in the ozone.

    September 23, 2011 at 13:12 | Report abuse | Reply
  32. VonDoom

    I'm livid upset that this is being taken off the market. If you don't have asthma do this: breathe through a straw. Most people couldn't do this for 5 minutes even just sitting down doing nothing. That is exactly what having an attack is like and it's what people like me deal with every day. Try doing this while driving, mowing the lawn, anything physical; try sleeping. A puffer like this takes this away after a few breaths. If you've never had asthma you have no idea what it's like. This inhaler for good or bad is something I keep around for when I need it and I'm sure there are a lot of people like me out there.

    When one of these attacks comes on, they suck and something like this deals with it right then and there. Even if relief is a quick trip to a store with a pharmacy, it's right there. Going the doctor route for something like this isn't always a solution. If you have asthma like me, you don't make a doctor's appointment, you go to the 24hr instacare or the ER. When you get an attack, it needs to be dealt with right there and then, not days later. An attack can be crippling and they get worse the longer they aren't dealt with. Also, prescription inhalers can be really expensive compared to this product. Some inhalers have run me almost $100 and they don't have the volume of that these do. I can't even use most of the inhalers out there because I have an adverse reaction to steroids. Sometimes they can sit around for months without being used then not work with someone like me. Asthma is chronic, nothing cures it, it's like diabetes where you have to learn how to manage it. These puffers are wonderful in helping to manage it. You know people also die from asthma attacks right? While not an epidemic these inhalers have been used to save lives.

    Big pharmacy companies have been trying to get rid of this product for years. I'm sure they have something to do with taking these off the shelves. They know that someone with chronic asthma needs to use inhalers and they would rather you buy their expensive inhalers. It's all about milking money out of you if you have something. I can't imagine how this is going to affect parents who have kids with asthma.

    September 23, 2011 at 13:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Seraphim0

      VonDoom, if you have attacks as frequent as you claim, then you are killing yourself by treating it with an EMERGENCY inhaler. You need to see a doctor and get on something to treat the disease, not the symptoms. It's ridiculous the damage you can be doing to your lungs if you just suck on an inhaler to treat your disease every day, multiple times a day. It's also a level of ignorance that can kill you. What you're doing is stupid. Ask any medical professional if you should be using PM to treat the disease so often.

      As for people wanting to get rid of this product succeeding... it much be nice to see the conspiracy in everything you read. This was a treaty signed in 1988. TWENTY THREE YEARS ago. All CFCs were taken off the market, or have been phased out, or are being phased out now as a result of this treaty because of the harm to the ozone layer. So, either the decision to remove CFCs was done to SPECIFICALLY get PM off the shelves twenty three years ago, or PM simply hasn't done enough in the last twenty three years to get you an alternative (which is in testing- it's been 23 years).

      September 23, 2011 at 14:44 | Report abuse |
  33. JOH

    Everything made by the pharmaceutical companies are bad for you. Yeah it fixes one thing, but causes like 20 other bad things to happen to you. Nausea, kidney failure, cardiac arrest, heart failure, heart palpitation, depression, fever, migraine, diarrhea, intestinal bleeding, organ failure, weakened artery, etc etc. Recently it has been found that antibiotics and certain vaccinations seem to give birth to viruses/bacteria in the brain. A new type of disease. It's not a matter of Christian-Scientist thing anymore. It really is bad for you... and here we are. Supporting the War on Drugs as they burn down the most effective medicinal herb to extinction.

    September 23, 2011 at 13:13 | Report abuse | Reply
    • K

      You're talking too much sense. There are some people who don't understand that sort of thinking. Prescribed drugs have so many other things in them it is a wonder that people take them at all. I cringe when I see pharmaceutical commercials and they start describing the side effects. Seems like the side effects are worse than the initial suffering. All of those man made chemicals cannot be good for the body. I don't care what "they" say! Doctors are not infallible.

      September 23, 2011 at 14:01 | Report abuse |
    • Seraphim0

      Care to cite some sources there, JOH? On your 'recently discovered' claims?

      September 23, 2011 at 14:39 | Report abuse |
  34. saunas*

    Time to stock up

    September 23, 2011 at 13:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. ken cormier

    This is just another way that the medical industry is manipulating people so they have to see a doctor, get a prescription, and pay three or four times what an over-the-counter remedy would cost. Why is the government participating in the organized racketeering of the medical and drug industries??? This is just another facet of the fleecing of America. this is utterly shameful.

    September 23, 2011 at 13:23 | Report abuse | Reply
  36. trishcuit

    Wondering what the other two inhalers are. I don't use PM, but I can't use arbuterol... it gives me seizures. Anyone know?

    September 23, 2011 at 13:24 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Sheila

    Of course – take away the only non-prescription alternative, and require patients to see a doctor for $75 or more, then get a prescription that costs $100 or more. Not everyone has insurance, folks.

    September 23, 2011 at 13:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  38. TR

    Currently there is no generic albuterol inhaler on the market. The only one is brand name Ventolin HFA. And it costs about $70 if you have no insurance. It also has a counter on it that dosen't even allow you to use the whole canister. Primatene Mist may not be an ideal option, but at $15 it may be the only option for poorer people without insurance. If you think using PM a couple times a week might be harmful I can assure you the alternative, not breathing, is far more dangerous. A statement on the manufacturer's website says that they are working on a suitable replacement for PM with a new propellant but there will likely be a delay from when the ban takes place (end of this year) to when the new formulation is available. It's unconscionable to be placing asthmatics at this kind of risk.

    September 23, 2011 at 13:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ML

      Pro Air HFA is another Albuterol Inhaler. It is considered brand name as well, therefore expensive, even with insurance. For Ventolin HFA, you can print out a $15 off coupon from the company website. That is $15 off your co-pay price with insurance. Advair has coupons as well online as well. Every little bit helps.

      September 23, 2011 at 13:47 | Report abuse |
    • ML

      Another downside to the HFA propellant Albuterol is that some users contend that the drug does not work as well with the new propellant. Whether it is the delivery or inhibition of the drug's effect by the propellant; I have found the new inhalers to be less effective than the CFC inhalers.

      September 23, 2011 at 14:18 | Report abuse |
  39. tim

    Get a clue .....this will cause people to die.........as wellno over the counter rescue inhalers...........ok then take the script need off of @lbuterol.........we live in a country where pharm companies legally steal from us. My 2 inhalers cost $370...in Croatia $16. Leaving folks with nothing is typical American.......let the thieves get richer.

    September 23, 2011 at 13:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ML

      While traveling, I have noticed that brand name drugs that cost $30+ in the US using insurance are as cheap $3-10 in places like Thailand and Turkey, just paying out of pocket. There seems to be a disproportional mark-up on prescription drugs that is being passed along to US consumers specifically.

      September 23, 2011 at 14:00 | Report abuse |
  40. Kristen

    Wouldn't it just make more sense for the manufacturer of PM to come up with a CFC free version of the medication like all the OTHER companies? I think this is just the insurance companies way to force people to have to go to the doctor and get a script.

    September 23, 2011 at 13:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  41. dred

    Primatene Mist when overused and used too frequently can cause congestive heart failure. I have seen too many patients in the ER who come in with extreme volume overload from using primatene mist for years. I have seen people as young as 25 years old with these symptoms. That is why people should not take these type of medications without seeing a doctor and that beta agonists such as albuterol are much safer.

    September 23, 2011 at 13:49 | Report abuse | Reply
    • TR

      Just because some people misuse it doesn't mean others do. Take alcohol and NSAIDS for example. NSAIDS kill 30,000 people a year due to complications from upper GI bleeds and they're still over the counter – and there aren't too many life- saving indications for NSAIDS like there is ephinephrine.

      September 23, 2011 at 18:04 | Report abuse |
  42. maria

    I use Albuterol and Proventil and it is good for me ,my asthma is less frecuent than before ,I don't use this products regulary .Asthma is a terrible illness .Now I am doing well ! But this is the way for drs. and pharmacyst and medical business to make money ,the most rich CEO"S in America are the ones invloved with Medical,pharmacys and Dr's they are a bunch of rats stealing the money from us, the sick ! You go to a Dr. visit spend 15 or 20 minutes wating for him he comes spend maximun 3 minutes with you and leaves and you don't even know what is your problem .

    September 23, 2011 at 13:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  43. CarlWeil

    non prescription EPI OTC alternative Primitine mist the 1:5000 inhaler is off the market as of 12-31-2011
    But will be replaced with a new product 2 1/2 years in testing with FDA
    and still be OTC- check our blog for more since cnn is so inaccurate-
    Carl Weil, Director
    Wilderness Medicine Outfitters
    Fellow of the Academy of Wilderness Medicine
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    September 23, 2011 at 13:55 | Report abuse | Reply
  44. Dave

    I'm almost sure that these little bottles of asthma medicine aren't causing [or contributing to] global warming. Even if you said the damage may be coming from the manufacturing of the medicine and its bottles. It's the only [affordable] asthma medicine that's over-the-counter. I'm sure the point here is to "buy the prescription" version. I'm just guessing though.

    September 23, 2011 at 14:00 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Seraphim0

      Dave, this isn't about 'global warming/' It's about the effect on the ozone layer. It's not about making the planet 'warmer' or whatever effect you want to attribute to global warming, it's about not destroying what is essentially the earth's radiation shield.

      The lack of reading comprehension on these forums is ridiculous. How do you live? How do you survive without paying any attention to what is around you?

      September 23, 2011 at 14:35 | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Dave is right. This is not about global warming or the ozone layer. Epinephrine inhalers can be made without CFC propellant. The FDA refuses to approve it. Instead, they are forcing people to buy expensive prescription medicines made by their friends.

      September 23, 2011 at 14:55 | Report abuse |
  45. aubrie

    Oh sure.... for all those that are to poor to afford going to a doctor to get a prescription, and pay out the A$$ for it...., or have recently lost their jobs or are on unemployment, and no longer have medical insurance...... this will be real helpful... espcecially since many children suffer from asthma... One more kick in the teeth for the American poor.

    September 23, 2011 at 14:09 | Report abuse | Reply
  46. ByzantineBoy

    I have to agree with several of the comments on here. My wife and I work in social services. There are numerous clients who don't fit into any income-category that the government has created. These are the ones who make too much money to qualify for certain benefits but not enough to afford health insurance. Several clients – and their children – who suffer from asthma use this inhaler. If we're concerned about the uninsured, then why outlaw the only medicine they can afford for their condition?

    September 23, 2011 at 14:21 | Report abuse | Reply
  47. ShaneB

    Nice you know you've been sucking CFCs all these years.. nice.

    September 23, 2011 at 14:30 | Report abuse | Reply
  48. Sam

    This is definitely gonna hurt majority of Americans with or without insurance. They should made this move only after giving another over-the-counter inhaler replacing Primatine. I think people will end up using emergency care service since they won't be able to afford Rx inhaler.

    September 23, 2011 at 14:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Seraphim0

      Sam, PM's manufacturers have had since 1988 to develop this. 1988. Yes, TWENTY THREE years ago. I thikn we've waited. Put the blame on no alternative where it belongs.

      September 23, 2011 at 14:37 | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      They did develop it. The FDA refuses to approve it. Not enough money in OTC medicine.

      September 23, 2011 at 14:50 | Report abuse |
  49. Robert

    The Food and Drug Administration was created by Congress under the Pure Food and Drug Act to assure that our food supply is free from pathogens and contaminants and that medicines are safe and effective. That is their sole mandate. They could accomplish that with a tenth of the budget and staff they currently have without intrusive regulations and prohibitions that have nothing to do with public safety. Every FDA commissioner upon retirement receives multiple offers of employment with seven digit salaries from the pharmaceutical industry. Someone needs to slay this monster.

    September 23, 2011 at 14:48 | Report abuse | Reply
  50. RT in Tennessee

    What a lot of people are failing to realize is it is not just the Primatine inhaler with the CFC, it is ALL products with CFC's in them. So yes, maybe 10 or 20 thousand puffs a day of Primatine across the US won't mak a deal but add in all the other inhalres as well as other products that use CFC's then yes, it IS a lot.
    A few years ago several news websites also ran story's that Albuterol was going to be "pulled" from the market. It caused a major panic for people with asthma and COPD. What they failed to point out was that it was the generic albuterol that was being pulled becasue the drug companies had to produce new formulations of their brand name versions which allowed them to go back on patent. So while Albuterol wasn't available, Ventolin, Proventil and several others WERE. IMHO, it was a little journalistic savvy to try to write a story that would hit home at the expense of the full truth.

    September 23, 2011 at 14:53 | Report abuse | Reply
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