Asthma patients criticize new inhalers' price and strength of s...

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The new year will ring in a new era of green and efficient asthma inhalers, but some lung patients are mourning the end of the low-cost, trusty puffers they have used for years.
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Lake Worthless no more

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Dec 8, 2008
 
New and "green" doesn't always mean better.
Let patients have their choice, If it ain't broke don't fix it, especially a medicine as important as this.
Nancy in Boynton

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Asthmatics should be given a choice between new and old inhalers. With all the things that cause pollution, why single out people who need these inhalers to breathe, while Hummers and trucks are still burning gas and industries are still pouring chemicals into our air, having oil spills offshore.- Do you really think taking away inhalers will save the earth?
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Nancy in Boynton wrote:
Asthmatics should be given a choice between new and old inhalers. With all the things that cause pollution, why single out people who need these inhalers to breathe, while Hummers and trucks are still burning gas and industries are still pouring chemicals into our air, having oil spills offshore.- Do you really think taking away inhalers will save the earth?
They aren't worried about saving the earth - they will get more $ in their pockets all the way around. The insurance companies, the lobiests, the polititions, everyone involved except the patient will prosper. That is the way this country runs - haven't you noticed that yet?
law dawg

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Dec 9, 2008
 
I have heard the same complaints from several people who depend on albuterol to relieve their wheezing.
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As a user of the new (HFA)inhalers, I think that they work great. I am assuming most of the above posters do not have asthma, and are just the normal bored South Florida whiners.
You are kidding right

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Let me see if I understand this. Going "green" with inhailers, because the propellant hurts the ozone layer? That's the dumbest excuse yet, used by the drug companies to increase profits. Hurt the people that need the medication in the name of saving the planet while you line your pockets with more money. Is there no common sense left in this country??
Ben Tover

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Just like everything else in this greedy capitalistic society we live in - pay more, get less.
Heather

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Dec 9, 2008
 
I am an asthma sufferer and do not feel the new inhalers nearly as effective. My asthma symptoms are worse than they have been in years. In addition, I am having to shell out $37 for this worthless inhaler verses $10 for the older (and better) one.
Deputy Dog

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Dec 9, 2008
 
Its hard to keep my inhaler lit
DeeDee

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Dec 9, 2008
 
I don't think it works as well either. It takes an additional dose to get any relief. How much damage could the other inhaler possibly have done to the ozone layer? This is pure nonsense and it risks the well being of a lot of people.
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Dec 9, 2008
 
Matt wrote:
As a user of the new (HFA)inhalers, I think that they work great. I am assuming most of the above posters do not have asthma, and are just the normal bored South Florida whiners.
I am an asthmatic and have both extrinsic and intrinsic asthma. I have to use an additional dose to get any help from the new inhaler. I am not just one of the 'whiners', as you call them.
Art

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Dec 9, 2008
 
There are thousands of patients in the US and around the world, INCLUDING MDs, RNs, PhDs and respiratory techs who KNOW that for a certain percentage of patients, HFA MDIs are NOT as safe or effective as CFC MDIs. Three years of FDA MedWatch data SUPPORTS this position, as do the clinical trials of Proventil and Ventolin, a large UK postmarketing study, a New Zealand study, a quote from Schering Plough on its website- we have all these links- and thousands of petition complaints.

Matt has no idea what he's talking about and obviously has way too much time on his hands. If it works for you, Matt, it's got to work for everyone- is that the deal, Einstein?

To get the facts, go to www.savecfcinhalers.org or go here: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/saveCFCinh... or just google:'save cfc'
Travis

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Dec 9, 2008
 
Matt wrote:
As a user of the new (HFA)inhalers, I think that they work great. I am assuming most of the above posters do not have asthma, and are just the normal bored South Florida whiners.
I am a asthmatic and have been since I was born. These new inhalers are not as affected as the old ones. I find myself having to use more puffs more often with them. I use to only use one inhaler every 3 to 4 months but now I can't go a month without running out.
kay

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Dec 9, 2008
 
where can you get the ones over seas that actually work?
Maxfield

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Dec 9, 2008
 
I am a RN Case Manager. I have had many patients call to tell me that the new inhalers don't work. They want the old ones back and don't care about being "green."
Hanni von Metzger

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Dec 9, 2008
 
Abuterol is a thousand times better than Proventil which irritate your palate, gums, and mouth. It also increases your heart rate. They are also extremely expensive. The FDA should have banned hairsprays, deotorants, and left us with our Albuterol and Ventolin.
Cheryl

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Dec 9, 2008
 
Matt wrote:
As a user of the new (HFA)inhalers, I think that they work great. I am assuming most of the above posters do not have asthma, and are just the normal bored South Florida whiners.
No, we're not all bored....I have asthma and stage 4 COPD. The new inhalers do not work for me unless I use a spacer. Even then I Can't breath deep enough to get much in. I depend more on my nebulizer now.
icey

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Dec 9, 2008
 
green is bs . more money for the pharmacutical companies , more co pay for the insurance companies,($35 vs $5-10)and less effectiveness. way to go you liberal tree huggers. hope you will someday feel what it s like to have a pillow put over your face!
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Dec 14, 2008
 
This whole transition is BS. I'm all for "saving the planet", but I could list a whole page of reasons why climate change is inevitable due to the complete lack of adequate global environment policies in place. Again, I could list another page of more effective issues to attack first before we eliminate the minor contribution Albuterol makes on the Ozone layer.
I find it ironic that this policy hurts the first group of people on that planet that are already being affected by global climate change due to higher pollen rates and air pollution.
I am an asthmatic and my personal experience with the new inhalers is bad. I always use a spacer so the whole PR line about the lack of propellant is BS. All I know is the new inhalers don't provide the relief I got for years with my old Albuterol.
wheezie

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Dec 14, 2008
 
You are kidding right wrote:
Let me see if I understand this. Going "green" with inhailers, because the propellant hurts the ozone layer? That's the dumbest excuse yet, used by the drug companies to increase profits. Hurt the people that need the medication in the name of saving the planet while you line your pockets with more money. Is there no common sense left in this country??
True it is!
As a respiratory therapist, in a busy pulmonary office, I deal with pharm. reps.
It truely is all about the $$.
All my patients will agree with the ineffectiveness of the HFA.
Money for Air, this country is going down the drain!

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