Asthma inhalers in short supply

Full story: Star Tribune 358
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. Full Story
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neher

AOL

#1 Aug 19, 2006
the substitute item I was forced to purchase cost 3 times as much as my regular prescription. Needless to say it is most upsetting. This is for copd so I suppose I shall have to just sit in a chair for the duration of my life
edj

Ardmore, OK

#2 Sep 1, 2006
i have tha same issue the inhaler i was using was working fine no problems then the pharmacy canged it saying thsat my other inhaler was not available anymore the old inhaler was 15 dollars while the new one os little more than double the price at 32 dollars and does not work as good as my old inhaler
when attempting to get the doctor to change it back they say ( give it a try for a couple a weeks then call me back)
same here

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Sep 1, 2006
it is not the same inhaler, it has a strange taste to it when you take it. I am also mad too. I can not afford to pay twice as much for an inhaler
Daisy

Denton, MD

#4 Sep 4, 2006
same here wrote:
it is not the same inhaler, it has a strange taste to it when you take it. I am also mad too. I can not afford to pay twice as much for an inhaler

I have found that two out of my last three inhalers have a strange taste. When I contacted the drug store they said there was nothing they could do nor could I get a new one. I am also mad!
same here

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Sep 7, 2006
I say we all get together and sue someone. Im afraid that one time its not going to work and will end up in the hosiptal
breathing uneasy

AOL

#6 Oct 12, 2006
Oh my goodness,I thought I was the only one with the problem. These new inhalers do not work as well. I had hardly used mine and went to take it and it was empty, thank goodness I had an older one as a standby.I don't want to end up in the hospital but it is looking like that may happen.Why did they have to change it? I can get used to the taste but not used to not breathing!!!!
and more here

Berkeley, CA

#7 Oct 17, 2006
I just refilled my prescription for Albuterol. I was used to paying $15 for a month's supply. The price has gone up to $50 now! I was shocked! The pharmacy told me that the propellant had been taken out and that the new inhaler was the only option. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm definitely not happy with the increased cost.
same here

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Oct 22, 2006
its something about the ozone layer.
disgruntled asthmatic

Butler, PA

#9 Oct 26, 2006
I called in for a refill of my Albuterol, which costs me about $15 and to my shock was told that it is no longer being manufactured. The substitute that I was offered costs more than twice as much, and my fear is that it may not be as effective. Albuterol has been a life saver to me, literally, and I depend on it every day to help me live normally. If this Rx aerosol drug is that harmful to the ozone layer, how could it be approved to be taken internally by the FDA? I have used it for years and it has done me no harm whatsoever. This is an outrage! I feel for all of you who are also suffering from the curse of asthma, and are now being deprived of the symptom relieving medicine we desperately need to help us do what most people do effortlessly and take for granted- BREATHE!
very mad asthmatic

Wilmington, DE

#10 Nov 1, 2006
I am very glad to see that I am not the only one who is incredably upset!! I recently got my inhaler refilled and its different! The taste is bad! The cost is almost 3x as much as I was paying before! Plus, the most important part... It doesn't work!! I had to go to a neighbors and get one of their inhalers just to keep me out of the hospital. My doctor says there is nothing they can do! What am I supposed to do? Stay inside sitting down for the rest of my life? Asthmatics have the right to a perfectly normal life, and now the big wigs are making that impossible!!
healthcare worker says

Kingsport, TN

#11 Nov 3, 2006
The Albuterol inhalers contain CFC's which have been banned IN OTHER USES in the US for years. An exception was made for medical devices for a certain time period to allow companies to find alternatives.
Unfortunately, most of the "short acting" inhalers, meaning those used for emergency use and immediate relief, contained the CFC propellant. So, instead of treating an asthma attack that is in progress, therapy is now being switched to those inhalation treatments that help prevent attacks in the first place.
The products that contained CFC's were cheaper, no doubt. The newer devices are not as cheap. No way around this.
It is NOT the pharmacies fault. The FDA is who enacted the legislation, and the manufactureres are the ones who came up with the alternatives as well as the new costs. And your RX insurance company is who sets the co-pay amount.
If one device does not work as well for you, try another. If your Dr. won't help you find something else, get another Dr who will. No, there is nothing your Dr can do about getting the old inhalers back, but YES they can help you find the product that works best for you. Talk to your pharmacist about different recommendations also. HE/she knows what is available and what drawbacks/complaints/problems have been associated with each, if any. Many times, pharmacists are the ones who can let the Dr know what else is available to try for you.
Try visiting Drug comapny websites ... many of them are offering discount plans and free coupons to help in the switch to the newer inhalers.
Scared asthmatic

Biddeford, ME

#12 Nov 15, 2006
I have tried the new inhalers (zopenex) for myself and my son and I have found that it does not work at all. My son actually gets WORSE about a half an hour after using it!! Is there anything at all that we can do to reverse the removal of the regular inhalers with the CFC propellant from the market?? Maybe if enough people come forward and say that the new inhalers DON'T WORK something may be able to be done. I take controller medication which keeps it under control for the most part, but if it's cold enough outside... nothing is going to stop it as soon as that cold air hits my lungs. I'm really afraid of what's going to happen when the old inhalers are all gone.
disabled asthmatic

Evansville, IN

#13 Nov 25, 2006
I am only a 32 year old and have been disabled from my asthma for almost 3 years now. I am in the hospital constantly and have a home and portable nebulizer as well as the emergency inhaler. I have had to increase my nebs after using this new crap for my asthma, It doesn't work for my sudden symptoms. I already have to take 2 puffs of advair 500/50 a day plus another 2 of flovent. If they are trying to concentrate on trying to prevent attacks it doesn't work for that either! None of my stuff does that's why they have me on 2 others. They use to have me on Xolair for $1000 a shot each month but with no results the cost was unnecessary. Even with insurance my cost is still over $700 every 3 months for asthma meds now(not counting sinus, allergy, and heartburn which all lead to attacks if not treated). This is just another of useless medicine that is over priced. I liked Albuterol. It worked maybe even if just to help me get to my nebulizer. Now this new junk is worthless and makes me have to carry my portable neb from room to room for sudden attacks because all it does is cause a bad taste and make me wheeze more! I heard about this a while back and wrote an email to the FDA protesting this and that is what I am going to do again and again. They are only for big companies and outlaw too many things for more profitable ones including natural herbs. I suggest everyone that's outraged write them letters and emails. Even if this doesn't get reversed let them know you are upset. Tell your Doctors too (I have 3 including a pulmonary doctor who has told me she has received numerous complaints from patients! If I didn't have my nebs this spray would send me straight to the hospital or worse! I told my husband if something should happen because tere crap didn't work and for some reason I didn't have a neb on me, I want him to sue!
I CANNOT Believe This

Las Vegas, NV

#14 Feb 2, 2007
I'm 39 years old, live in Las Vegas, I just ran out of asthma medicine (inhaler), I went down to the store to buy more and they are out, so I went to another store and they are out, so I went to another store and they are out, I went to 8 stores in all and nobody has any!
I cannot believe this is happening, its Friday and I can't even see a doctor! I have no choice but to go to the hospital now, this is just unbelievable!
I HATE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT!!!!!!!!!!
I'm getting out of this horrible police state before they lock us all in and we can no longer leave.
Why you take out my post

Las Vegas, NV

#15 Feb 2, 2007
Why you take out my post?
You guys are jerks

Las Vegas, NV

#16 Feb 2, 2007
You're lucky I don't know who you are, you wouldn't like what would happen.
Corie

Powder Springs, GA

#17 Feb 4, 2007
This is bad. I just am dealing with this now due to having a good supply of my old inhaler. The issue is, the Armstrong inhaler - DOESN'T work at all. I am scared, my asthma is now becoming out of control and I see the hospital in my future like it was when I was a kid. We need to change something. The decision makes care more about ozone than our ability to breathe! This is not FAIR!
Corie

Powder Springs, GA

#18 Feb 4, 2007
This is bad. I just am dealing with this now due to having a good supply of my old inhaler. The issue is, the Armstrong inhaler - DOESN'T work at all. I am scared, my asthma is now becoming out of control and I see the hospital in my future like it was when I was a kid. We need to change something. The decision makers care more about ozone than our ability to breathe! This is not FAIR!
fred tuccillo

Landisville, NJ

#19 Feb 5, 2007
i can handle the bad taste in the replacement for albuterol, but not the low quality. i do not get the same results. can someone from the manufacturer of albuterol help up out with this?
fred tuccillo

Landisville, NJ

#20 Feb 5, 2007
to join the community in mount laurel, nj. what is the [ community ].

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