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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Cory

Greenwood, SC

#21 Feb 9, 2007
well I say we all get an attorney and file a class action lawsuit. Why should we suffer because some senators care about the environment.
we could get a lot of people into a class action lawsuit
carla benton wi

Mount Horeb, WI

#22 Feb 10, 2007
I think we should all get up a petition and send it to the government or the fda or something. Either that or we should all apply for disability social security benefits. If we can not be allowed to breath why bother to try to go to work to fund the same government that cares more about bombing in Iraq than it does about its citizens. I used the new rotten inhaler for 3 months and got worse and worse. I was lucky and got one old albuterol inhaler and I'm fine now. Guess they must do all their precious studies on people that do not have asthma.
Jeff

Englewood, CO

#23 Feb 12, 2007
I'm all for saving the ozone layer, but the economic effects of this change should have been more carefully studied. At one point, I had no insurance and paid just $12 for a Warrick albuterol CFC inhaler. When the switch happened, I had a choice between a $38 generic albuterol HFA (manufactured by Pro-Air) or a $41 Ventolin HFA.

For three dollars more, the Ventolin HFA tastes MUCH better than the generic (and even my old CFC Warrick). After trying it for a month, the Pro-Air generic tastes so awful and makes me cough like crazy. I thought that generics were supposed to be equivalent to the brand names!

Obviously, the increase in cost is bad, and the lack of real savings in buying the generic is puzzling. Worse, the Ventolin version says you have to throw it away two months after opening it, which no other inhaler has demanded. The company dodges the question when pressed on why. This means I'll have to waste a larger number of inhalers too, because I thankfully don't use 200 doses every 2 months.
Samuel

Atlanta, GA

#24 Feb 13, 2007
I'd say read between the lines. The difference between the two inhalers is not the Albuterol, but the propellant used to diliver the Albuterol to you (chloro-floro carbon vs. hydro-floro-carbon). Therefore the longevity of the Albuterol should be the same as was before they the switch. You take it from there....
SonnyCombs

Bensalem, PA

#25 Mar 9, 2007
My wife is having allot of trouble with this new BS asthma medication . It does NOT work for her .
This whole thig is BS and it's just about money . I'm NOT buying into that fact that it hurts the ozone ...There's too many other things that hurts the ozone layer that they should worry about instead of taking away medication that helps people with ashma breathe and live a normal life .
I tell you this , if somethime happens to my wife because of this crap , I'll get the biggest law suite going that the drug admin. has ever seen !!!!
Someone is going to die from this and the results will be a HUGE Law Suite that will costs millions of dollars . I've asked my wife to start a petition and send it to the Goverment asap .
If she does start the petition , will any of you sign it ?
I'm simply disgusted with the crap and I'm going to do something about if before I lose my wife .
Please respond ..........
SonnyCombs

Bensalem, PA

#26 Mar 9, 2007
SonnyCombs wrote:
My wife is having allot of trouble with this new BS asthma medication . It does NOT work for her .
This whole thig is BS and it's just about money . I'm NOT buying into that fact that it hurts the ozone ...There's too many other things that hurts the ozone layer that they should worry about instead of taking away medication that helps people with ashma breathe and live a normal life .
I tell you this , if somethime happens to my wife because of this crap , I'll get the biggest law suite going that the drug admin. has ever seen !!!!
Someone is going to die from this and the results will be a HUGE Law Suite that will costs millions of dollars . I've asked my wife to start a petition and send it to the Goverment asap .
If she does start the petition , will any of you sign it ?
I'm simply disgusted with the crap and I'm going to do something about if before I lose my wife .
Please respond ..........
Here is the Petition , PLEASE sign IT :
http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/300...
Thank you .
You can copy and paste it .
RON

Castro Valley, CA

#27 Mar 9, 2007
NEW INHALERS SUCK! I GUESS WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT FOR AN FDA OFFICIAL, OR THEIR LOVED ONES TO DIE FROM AN ASTHMA ATTACK, BECAUSE THEY HAD TO USE THE NEW INHALERS, BEFORE WE GET OUR OLD INHALERS BACK!!
Bonita Rice

Pikeville, KY

#28 Mar 9, 2007
I have the same problems with the new inhalers. I hate them. They do not work like the old ones and they taste funny. How much could an inhaler that helps us breathe case harm to the ozone layer? I am so furious. I think we should get together and protest the change.
susan combs

Bensalem, PA

#29 Mar 10, 2007
Bonita...thank you for your help with the petition.Please let anyone else know how they can help all of us. Breathe well!
todd

San Rafael, CA

#30 Mar 20, 2007
Despite the ban, I can say it could be good for people with asthma. A former scholar asthlete at ucla, I know the benfits of an inhaler and its short comings better than most. I spoke on a national radio station, with DR. Dean Edell about this topic. Inhalers are not good medicine, most often inhalers leave inflammation that lingers for days three or so. Cortico steroids are then indicated. Coffee sipped, strong coffee, 6ix espressos resolves asthma much better and 5 breaths works even better than coffee. 5 Relaxed breaths. Breathing well in SAn Francsico after years of addictive inhalers I know run marathons and may go to medical school.
Jeff

La Grange Park, IL

#31 Mar 22, 2007
The new inhalers are indeed worse than the good old generic white inhaler. While there may be little to no difference in those with cases of "light" asthma, those of us with chronic conditions (aka those who had to take 2 nebulizer treatments a day when they were a kid) are having severe problems with the new inhaler.

On the Warrick inhaler, I was able to use it once in the morning and once in the evening, and if I was going to do strenuous activity (lifting more than 50 lbs) I would take it 10-15 mins before hand and be fine. With this new inhaler, I have to take it after walking up the stairs! That is unacceptable. I just got this POS inhaler 2 weeks ago and it is almost empty. The Warrick inhaler lasted me for a month or more. I'm sorry, but I must disagree. For those of us who were pretty much tied to a nebulizer before generic inhalers got the cost down to $12 at Walgreens, they were lifesavers. These HFA replacements are NOT working.
johnny

Tampa, FL

#32 Mar 22, 2007
i have been taking flovent cfc inhaler it was controlling my asthma great,now since they changed the inhaler puffer to hfa to save the ozone level it doesn't help my asthma anymore,there is something wrong with these new in halers,i think it makes your asthma worse maybe you don't get the right dosage anymore,there are other ways to save the ozone level,not by changing peoples medicine and risking there health.
ian w drybones

Lockport, NY

#33 Mar 24, 2007
i havent had the chance to try the new inhaler as i still have some around from the good ol' cfc days (i buy them black market sometimes to help cut costs). but what i am wondering is...if the cfc's are bad for the enviroment, how IS THE ENVIROMENT DAMAGED if i shoot them DIRECTLY INTO MY LUNGS, how is the ozone affected? does it make me have ozone damaging gas? is my breath now tainted with ozone depleting cfc's and i shouldnt breath or ill remove the ozone from the atmosphere? WHAT JACKASS WOULD CHANGE THE MEDICINE THAT IS WORKING FOR PEOPLE WITH CHRONIC LUNG AILMENTS?????????? THIS ISNT LIKE CHANGING A HEADACHE MEDICINE OR HEARTBURN MEDICINE WHERE DISCOMFORT IS THE WORST SIDE AFFECT.....THIS CAUSES PEOPLE TO NOT BREATHE!!!! WHAT OTHER THAN DEATH IS THE COST OF THAT? WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO FIGHT THIS PEOPLE! OUR VERY LIVES ARE AT STAKE!
ian w drybones

Lockport, NY

#34 Mar 24, 2007
OH YEAH....WESTERN NEW YORK PRICE AT LOCAL WALGREENS.....

WAS: 29.00

IS NOW 87.00

GOOD DEAL HUH? BUT IT DOES COME WITH CREAM FOR YOUR BUTT TO HELP WITH THE REAMING YOU'LL NOW GET MONTHLY!
Victoria

United States

#35 Mar 25, 2007
I pay cash for my inhalers and the new ones are triple the cost. I think the drug companies make PLENTY of money and they should charge the EXACT same amount for these new HFA inhalers as the CFC type. If patients do not respond to the 'new' propellant, they should get an exception and have access to the old inhalers. I found out about the shortage when my pharmacy wouldn't give me my usual 4 inhalers, but only 1. The cutoff for manufacturing the CFC inhalers is DEC 2008. There should be ample supplies to meet normal needs until that date. The incidence of Asthma in this country keeps increasing and it is a highly individual process as to what treatment works for each person. The current shortages are a way for the drug companies to PROFITEER off of a very dependent group of people. This isn't like raising the price of a pack of cigarettes or alcohol. The asthmatic is seeking MEDICINE for a life threatening illness. The drug companies are spending WAY too much money advertising their newest and greatest drugs while milking the little guy who is just seeking a breath of air, not a four hour erection.
Andrea

AOL

#36 Mar 26, 2007
I was just given the Armstrong inhaler about a month ago and it seemed to not be working then I said someting about it at work (I am a nurse) and one of my co-workers said she had the same problem with the Armstrong inhaler. I ended up on 10 days of steroids related to this. I dont think there is any medication in them. Please beware! Armstrong inhalers are blue in color please check yours, someone could die from this.
New Inhailor

AOL

#37 Mar 26, 2007
Oh no, how come no one was notified of this mess? I use my Albuterol every day, bad COPD, I also work, no one has any more inhailors....How can they do this to us? One lousy little thing that keeps us alive they take away? But the rest of the world can screw up the world, wars, bombs etc...but we are not going to be allowed to breath!
So who do we all contact to make an uproar?
What about children in school etc? Are they supposed to carry a machine with them in case of an attack?
Shane

United States

#38 Mar 26, 2007
I too have used the white Warrick albuterol inhaler for as long as I can remember. About 6 months ago the supply started getting short and I got an Armstrong and that thing did not work at all. I have had 2 different ones and neither one of them worked.
The last time I went to the doctor he wrote my prescription for the new HFA or whatever type but I have not gotten it filled yet.
After reading some posts on here I am very worried about whether or not it will actually work for me.
Craig

Bozeman, MT

#39 Mar 29, 2007
Does anyone know the history of, or the promoters of the legislation? It would be very interesting to know the congressmen involved. Though CFC reduction is part of a treaty (the US)we signed, it seems that medications should be exempt from the law. If anyone has the answer to this question please share it as I have found the new HFA inhaler a very poor substitute. Maybe we are all just addicted to the propellent...but so what, it works!
JoAnn Barrick

Indianapolis, IN

#40 Mar 29, 2007
SonnyCombs wrote:
My wife is having allot of trouble with this new BS asthma medication . It does NOT work for her .
This whole thig is BS and it's just about money . I'm NOT buying into that fact that it hurts the ozone ...There's too many other things that hurts the ozone layer that they should worry about instead of taking away medication that helps people with ashma breathe and live a normal life .
I tell you this , if somethime happens to my wife because of this crap , I'll get the biggest law suite going that the drug admin. has ever seen !!!!
Someone is going to die from this and the results will be a HUGE Law Suite that will costs millions of dollars . I've asked my wife to start a petition and send it to the Goverment asap .
If she does start the petition , will any of you sign it ?
I'm simply disgusted with the crap and I'm going to do something about if before I lose my wife .
Please respond ..........
I most certainly will sign anything. Just let me know when, where and how. I hate the Proair also. I called CVS today and ask if there was a generic for that although I hate it and was told that is the generic for Proventil. Either way we will not be able to buy this generic crap until the year 2012 so I guess I'll be dead by then.

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