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Asthma Patients Will Need Prescription Inhalers By 2012

Asthma patients will need prescription inhalers by 2012 as the over the counter inhalers are being replaced with environmentally-friendly ones, only available with a prescription.

Asthma patients will need prescription inhalers by 2012 as the over the counter inhalers are being replaced with environmentally-friendly ones, only available with a prescription.

In a decision made in 2008, the Food and drug Administration, FDA, is alerting asthma patients who are still using the over the counter inhalers that these inhalers will not be available by the end of this year. These epinephrine inhalers contain a carbon gas, namely chlorofluorocarbons which force the medication into the patient’s airways.

Presently it is reported that only Primatene Mist by Armstrong Pharmaceutical is still available in the United States, as other manufacturers have already made the switch to using hydrofluoroalkane, which is an environmentally-friendly way to propel the medication into airways. These new inhalers still treat the same symptoms of asthma, but the new inhalers are only available with a prescription.

For patients still using the over the counter epinephrine inhalers, this means that they need to see their health care professional to get a prescription for the new inhaler to treat their asthma symptoms of shortness of breath and tightness in the chest area. These do cost more than the over the counter ones, which have typically been about $20, whereas the prescription inhalers are typically in the $30 to $60 range.

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Keith is a multi-sport skills and fitness coach with more than 30 years sports and coaching experience; with a holistic view of health, he has also been a leader in applying plyometrics to youth teams.

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