Last call for Old Style Asthma Inhalers on Dec. 31st
Posted Dec 02 2008 2:50am
According to the article, the cost is more and you may not feel the customary “puff” as much with the new devices. The new devices tend to clog easier. The reason for the change, the ozone and chlorofluorocarbon that damage, so even the asthma inhalers are going green, not literally I think. Hydrofluoroalkane is replacing the chlorofluorocarbon in the new devices, medication is the same but the delivery agent is the change.
Also the the medicine feels and tastes different, sometimes alarming new users, so check with your doctor for more details if needed. Some Albuterol manufacturers are providing free samples and posting coupons on their Web sites. BD
(AP) -- Last warning: Asthma inhalers go "green" on Dec. 31, forcing patients still using the old-fashioned kind to make a pricey and even confusing switch. The medicine inside these rescue inhalers - the Albuterol that quickly opens airways during an asthma attack - isn't changing. But the chemicals used to puff that drug into your lungs are. No more chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, that damage Earth's protective ozone layer. By year's end, all Albuterol inhalers must be powered by the more eco-friendly chemical HFA, or hydrofluoroalkane.
The new inhalers cost more, $30 to $60 compared to as little as $5 or $10 for the disappearing generic CFC inhalers.
The CFC-free options: GlaxoSmithKline's Ventolin HFA, Schering Plough's Proventil HFA and Teva Specialty Pharmaceuticals' ProAir HFA all contain Albuterol. Also, Sepracor's Xopenex HFA contains the similar medication levalbuterol.