Asthma inhalers in short supply

Asthma inhalers in short supply

There are 358 comments on the Star Tribune story from Mar 9, 2006, titled Asthma inhalers in short supply. In it, Star Tribune reports that:

In an unintended consequence of protecting the ozone layer, people with asthma and other breathing disorders are finding it harder to get the inhalers they rely on for a breath of fresh air.

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This is rediculous

Pasadena, MD

#355 Dec 10, 2008
I'm in the same boat as everyone else here. My inhaler was out, and I went to get more. "I'm sorry, you need a new prescription", they say. But I can't get into the doctors for a WEEK! I'm hearing the new inhalers don't even work that well.

It's time for some fucking payback.
This is rediculous

Pasadena, MD

#356 Dec 10, 2008
Another note, we should all be aware of. It was the same companies that make these new inhalers that lobbied, and successfully banned the old inhalers. I've got a size 12 boot that would love to meet their rearends.

Since: Mar 07

Columbus-

#357 Dec 10, 2008
This is rediculous wrote:
My inhaler was out, and I went to get more. "I'm sorry, you need a new prescription", they say. But I can't get into the doctors for a WEEK! I'm hearing the new inhalers don't even work that well.
Letting your prescription lapse is of your own plight. Lucky you can see a Dr in a week. Mine requires 3 months notice or a Hospital ER visit in order to get a 2 week followup appointment.

I am having difficulty in understanding "the new inhalers" part. I mean the older CFC inhalers are such a rare find, I am a bit skeptical if your truly serious and haven't been using HFA types all along.

Since: Mar 07

Columbus-

#358 Dec 10, 2008
This is rediculous wrote:
Another note, we should all be aware of. It was the same companies that make these new inhalers that lobbied, and successfully banned the old inhalers. I've got a size 12 boot that would love to meet their rearends.
Sorry, but you are out of touch with reality, Ridiculous. About the only lobbying that the Pharm's did was an attempt to extend the rights to their formularies. 20 years is no longer permitted, and has been replaced with 10 years or in some cases as little as 5 years, when a generic formularies can be released.

Also the change (CFC-HFA) was, as a result of the tree huggers, not on the account of the Pharm industry. Sure the Pharm's are milking the system for the moment, but not for long.
Super Mad

AOL

#359 Dec 10, 2008
The government doesnt care about us! aL GORE PROBABLY OWNS the factory that makes the HFA inhalers.
zAk

Rapid City, SD

#360 Jul 22, 2009
Who woulda thought that one day, our life saving inhalers would be banned? Whose idea was this? Obviously someone who takes breathing clearly for granted. If only all the "people" who decided this changeover to HFA had breathing issues like we do. I believe that not only would we still have our CFC inhalers, but they would be striving for some kind of cure to this horrendous ailment that we must live with.

I wish so badly that I could breathe like everyone else. My inhaler allowed that to happen. Sometimes my HFA inhaler seems totally useless.

I recommend getting a prescription for Symbicort. It is a steroid inhaler that opens the airway.
Art

San Francisco, CA

#361 Jul 22, 2009
This is the homepage of our campaign website to legalize CFC inhalers:
http://www.savecfcinhalers.org/THE_PETITION.h...

This is the sign-up page to join our campaign and get on our email list:
https://www.savecfcinhalers.org/SIGN_THE_PETI...

This is our Campaign Updates page:
http://www.savecfcinhalers.org/CAMPAIGN_UPDAT...

This is the instruction page needed to send emails to our Four Political Targets, and how to handle the games some of them are playing in their replies:
http://www.savecfcinhalers.org/SEND_FOUR_EMAI...

This is the page needed to file online MedWatch complaints against HFA inhalers:
http://www.savecfcinhalers.org/FILE_MEDWATCH_...

This page has all of the important facts that explain why CFC inhalers must be legalized:
http://www.savecfcinhalers.org/The_Press_Room...

This page explains that the replacement HFA MDIs were very poorly tested:
http://www.savecfcinhalers.org/HFA_MDIs_Poorl...

This page has comments from doctors and other medical professionals who support our position about legalizing CFC inhalers:
http://www.savecfcinhalers.org/Doctors_Speak_...

This page has comments from patients who want to legalize CFC inhalers:
http://www.savecfcinhalers.org/Patients_Speak...

This page is our reply to the smear campaign launched against us by Nancy Sander, president and founder of Allergy and Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA):
http://www.savecfcinhalers.org/PATIENT_FRONT_...

This page descussed the role of the so-called "U.S. Stakeholders' Group on MDI Transition":
http://www.savecfcinhalers.org/THE_STAKEHOLDE...

This page is about our campaign, and how we are different from the better-known asthma patient front groups. It also has our contact information:
http://www.savecfcinhalers.org/About_Us.html

This is our website's Guestbook, where people can make comments or ask questions:
https://www.savecfcinhalers.org/GUESTBOOK.php

This is the page that profides the links to all of our webpages, with instructions on how to get the word out about our campaign:
http://www.savecfcinhalers.org/SPREAD_THE_WOR...

This page allows our supporters to donate to our campaign by credit card, PayPal, and echeck. In addition, regular checks payable to " SaveCFCinhalers.org " may be mailed to us at:
1032 Irving Street, PMB 982, San Francisco, CA 94122
http://shop.savecfcinhalers.org/main.sc
jamie

Del Mar, CA

#362 Aug 10, 2009
the white warrick is al i ever used. then like everyone else, i was forced to use something else. i was issued the blue armstrong inhalers. i hated them, they didnt work for me. but now, honestly, theyre not too bad. i would love to get the cfc ones back though, they worked for everyone! but just today my pharmacist told me the armstrong ones arent being made anymore. is this true?? what the hell!
Betty

Virginia Beach, VA

#363 Aug 18, 2009
Jack50 wrote:
<quoted text>
Letting your prescription lapse is of your own plight. Lucky you can see a Dr in a week. Mine requires 3 months notice or a Hospital ER visit in order to get a 2 week followup appointment.
I am having difficulty in understanding "the new inhalers" part. I mean the older CFC inhalers are such a rare find, I am a bit skeptical if your truly serious and haven't been using HFA types all along.
You can be "skeptical" all you want, but I was able to get the CFC inhalers until 12/31/2009 with no problem. The very first time I used the HFA it did not help but was told it would take time to get used to it..Has not happened!!!I used Ventolin;finally contacted the maker about getting it tested (felt like it had no albuterol in it)ofcourse the maker wanted me to sent it to them to test---felt that would be the end of it once they had the product---I'm still trying to find a place locally to have it tested. In the main time I continue to get worse. I got a different inhaler in July (Pro-Air) and this is no better than the Ventolin. I started searching the internet and ran across all these sites with others having the same problem as I - some for 3 Years!!!!This makes me really angry when there have been so many complaints for so long and nothing has been done about it. If there is anyone out there that thinks this is about anything other than money needs to think again! It might have started with tree huggers but then the very greedy saw a hugh opportunity--but it has gone pass that---things I have read the pass few days--PEOPLE ARE DYING---WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING AND FAST!!!!!
Betty

Virginia Beach, VA

#364 Aug 18, 2009
Sorry---wrong date---12/31/2008 I was able to get the CFC with no problem.
In Cali

United States

#366 Oct 20, 2009
Proair is the worst thing on the market for asthma sufferers. How could they rob the weak? Now I am a healthy 33 year old woman who runs and cardio kick boxes, I eat healthy, I have a good job. Go on Pro air and have to suffer... I just some how suddenly developed pneumonia, I am wondering if the two are linked?
Anyone else have something similar?
Art

San Francisco, CA

#367 Oct 20, 2009
In Cali wrote:
Proair is the worst thing on the market for asthma sufferers. How could they rob the weak? Now I am a healthy 33 year old woman who runs and cardio kick boxes, I eat healthy, I have a good job. Go on Pro air and have to suffer... I just some how suddenly developed pneumonia, I am wondering if the two are linked?
Anyone else have something similar?
Yes, they are linked.

Go here:

http://www.savecfcinhalers.org/HFA_MDIs__JUST...

The incidence of VIRAL RESPIRATORY INFECTION in two 12 week clinical trials was 7% for Ventolin HFA vs. 4% for CFC albuterol.

The incidence of ALLERGIC REACTIONS during the 12 week clinical trials was 6% for Proventil HFA vs. 4% for CFC albuterol.

The incidence of RESPIRATORY DISORDERS during the 12 week clinical trials was 6% for Proventil HFA vs. 4% for CFC albuterol.

HFA inhalers have immunosuppressive effects and cause all kinds of infections and auto-immune reactions.
mike

United States

#369 Sep 6, 2011
in order to get a replacement for pro air u must get permission from the manufacturer. this is the most insane thing i have ever heard of. i have a good pharmacy but they seem to stand behind this junk.200 measured doses my ass, like the other guy said 79 if your lucky.

Since: Sep 10

Location hidden

#371 Oct 15, 2011
Ventolin, Seretide, etc. are all priced lower overseas, and yes, by the very same big pharma manufacturers. I'm sure they probably spin it like they are doing so for the good of 'developing countries.' The place where I get my Ventolin from prices at $46.10 for FOUR inhalers, shipping included, no prescription required (apparently it's a simple over the counter med. in their country), AND they take Paypal. At my local Walgreens, it costs me $45 for just ONE inhaler, not to mention the $72 I have to pay my GP to give me a piece of paper that says I still have asthma for the 22nd year in a row.
SNSB

Valparaiso, IN

#372 Nov 19, 2011
It's been quite some time since this site was posted. There is still a fight to be won. New information has been posted. We need supporters to keep fighting for our right to breathe and have proper medication.
http://www.savecfcinhalers.org/
Michael Davidson

France

#378 Feb 6, 2013
I have ordered prescription drugs (without a prescription) online from http://inhousegeneric.info about two years ago, and was pleased with the speed and quality of service.
I'm thinking of doing the same thing with my medication. The meds is expensive, but there is a generic version available overseas.
I love the idea of taking responsibility for my own health (or lack of health) and skipping the bureaucracy... to say nothing of having to drive to the doctor, wait in line, yet again, to get a prescription refilled.
Birch

Sweden

#379 Apr 19, 2013
i wrote:
I have ordered prescription drugs (without a prescription) online from http://inhousegeneric.info about two years ago, and was pleased with the speed and quality of service.
I'm thinking of doing the same thing with my medication. The meds is expensive, but there is a generic version available overseas.
I love the idea of taking responsibility for my own health (or lack of health) and skipping the bureaucracy... to say nothing of having to drive to the doctor, wait in line, yet again, to get a prescription refilled.
http://inhousegeneric.info very clear and informative site, simple ordering process and very fast delivery. All round excellent service - will use again.
Leonardo

Romania

#381 Aug 15, 2013
Naturally, I am skeptical of everything online. http://inhousegeneric.com is legitimate. I placed my first order for the smallest amount possible. It arrived sooner than expected. I didn't pay the extra money for speedy air mail. I placed another order that was much larger and it came right on time. I will definitely use this company again for even larger orders now that I trust them. They also give you discounts every time you place an order which is cool. One thing to keep in mind is if you place a larger order, they will send half in one shipment, and then the other half after that to avoid customs scrutinizing your package. I am very happy, I no longer need to pay tons of money to see a doctor and therapist (and have them tell me a bunch of stuff I already know) in order to get my medication.

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