Some Asthma Inhalers Banned

September 24, 2011 by USA Post 

Some Asthma Inhalers BannedSome Asthma Inhalers Banned, Environmentalists can breathe a little easier after the Food and Drug Administration announced the ban on the counter asthma inhalers, citing hazardous chemicals emitted by the spray.

Epinephrine inhalers violate an international ban on chlorofluorocarbons, which was previously an ingredient found in many aerosol products have been shown to be harmful to the ozone layer

Primatene Mist Armstrong Pharmaceuticals is the final inhaler to use CFCs and other inhalers that have replaced the hydrofluoroalkane more environmentally friendly are by prescription only.

That could pose logistical and financial problems for sufferers of asthma inhalers that rely on preventing attacks. The alternatives to epinephrine inhalers will be banned soon are more expensive and require a prescription to obtain it.

“If you rely on a counter inhaler to relieve symptoms of asthma, it is important that you contact a health professional to talk about switching to a different medication to treat their asthma,” Badrul Chowdhury, director of the FDA pulmonary drug division, said in a statement.

The prohibition stems from the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, an international agreement which the U.S. and other 195 countries agreed to remove from the market all products from the release of chlorofluorocarbons into the atmosphere. The FDA has finalized plans to remove hazardous inhalants in 2008. The ban officially comes into force on 31 December.

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