I have asthma.   I've had it since I was three.  It's not going away.  One of the best sources for relief has been an inhaler.  It's been that way for 42 years.  Now, and I would guess this has more to do with a drug company wanting to make money instead of the reasons being given, inhalers can no longer have chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, to push the med into my lungs when I need it badly.  Instead, the new inhalers, which cost a ton more, don't work as effectively, etc. are being made with ozone-friendly HFAs, or hydrofluoroalkanes.

Now seriously, yes, there are a lot of people out there with asthma and using inhalers, but do you really think we're using them enough to release enough CFCs to ruin the earth's atmosphere?  We have a hard enough time breathing as it is.  And now you're going to make that more challenging simply because we use an inhaler once every couple of days?  Give me a break.  This has more to do with someone getting richer off of medicine than it ever could with being a green issue.

Give us back our albuterol CFC inhalers.  The FDA has suckered into somebody's bondage on this one. 

Here are the possible culprits:  CFC-free options: GlaxoSmithKline's Ventolin HFA,
Schering Plough's Proventil HFA and Ivax Corp.'s
Proair HFA, all containing albuterol. Also, Sepracor's
Xopenex HFA contains levalbuterol, a similar medication.

The Xopenex inhaler, I will admit, does work fairly well–however, you have to give CVS an arm and a leg to get one.




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