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.