Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 1 decade ago

Is government attempting a mass extermination of [HFA intolerant] asthmatics?


"The U.S. Food & Drug Administration in April of 2005 mandated that all (including albuterol) inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) will be prohibited in the United States as of 12/31/2008. 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"

"One drawback of this transition to HFA inhalers is that due to patent restrictions all of the HFA albuterol inhalers are "brand-name" (ProAir, Proventil, and Ventolin). They cost approximately $20 more per inhaler than existing generic CFC albuterol inhalers. Three of the four available albuterol/levalbuterol HFA inhalers on the market also contain 10-14% ethanol by weight. Ventolin HFA is the exception.

For reference, ethanol is a known bronchoconstrictor"

"patients in the United States who cannot tolerate the HFA albuterol inhalers will not have a single albuterol alternative available to them domestically after December 31, 2008."

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    They're not attempting - they've done it. I'm a full time pharmacy tech and as of the beginning of September, we couldn't even get ahold of inhalers containing CFCs anymore. All we have to dispense now are the above-mentioned brand-name inhalers. Because most insurance companies have yet to alter their formularies in deference to the fact that the generic CFC-containing inhalers aren't availible anymore, the brand-name inhalers are still fairly expensive in comparison. Medicaid plans (with the noteable exception of most Medicare Part D plans) have begun covering select brand-name HFAs, but everyone else is paying more for a medication that is, indeed, "essential use" and never should have been banned. There are far, far better ways to protect the environment - ones that actually improve people's health instead of putting it at risk.

  • Anonymous
    5 years ago

    Inhaling poison? If you are an asthmatic who cannot breath and have used CFC based inhalers for your entire life with good results, I would say the benefits outweigh the risks. It s my understanding that CFCs were taken out due to the ozone layer.

  • 1 decade ago

    No buddy, just take a look at CFC. Chlorine=poisonous. Fluoride=poisonous. Carbon=poisonous.

    That's why they did it. You are inhaling poison!

  • yeah the last poster is right, yoru inhaling poison, just from the look of your avatar! lol

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