When Will Primatene Mist Asthma Inhaler Be Available?

When I went to the grocery store in December of 2011, they were out of the asthma control medicine Primatene Mist, and did not know when they would get any more. I went to the drugstore, which had only a few packages left, and I bought one. There was a sticker on it that said that they would no longer be making Primatene Mist after December 31, 2011. I decided to do some research to find out what happened to Primatene Mist and why they were no longer going to be selling the product.

Primatene Mist was the #1 over the counter medicine to help treat bronchial asthma. It was very helpful in quickly treating asthma attacks. It is marketed by Armstrong Pharmaceutical Inc. It helped relieve shortness of breath, chest tightness and wheezing that was related to bronchial asthma, emphysema and other breathing problems that were diagnosed by a doctor. It widened the airway to make it easier to breathe.

Armstrong Pharmaceutical Inc, a subsidiary of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, Inc,. is an American owned and operated company that is headquartered in Rancho Cucamonga in California. Their operating facilities are in California and Massachusetts.

Primatene Mist was taken off the market on December 21, 2011.
Primatene Mist was taken off the market on December 21, 2011.

What Happened to Primatene Mist?

Primatene Mist stopped being sold on December 31, 2011. Why are they no longer available on our store shelves? The FDA has banned all asthma inhalers which contain chloroflouorocarbons (CFCs). This ban only affects Primatene Mist because it is the only asthma inhaler that has been approved by the FDA to be sold without a prescription. CFC is used as a propellant to force the medication out of the container, creating the "Mist."

The United States signed an international agreement, called the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer. It phases out chemicals that depletes the ozone layer, including CFCs. This layer of the atmosphere protects us from some of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation, which can increase the risk of skin cancers and cataracts.

The ban for Primatene Mist is made to comply with this agreement.

There is an environmentally friendly alternative to CFC that can be used in inhalers. It is called hydrofluoroalkane (HFA). Primatene is working on switching their inhalers to HFA, but the new medication requires FDA approval.

Listed below is a history that explains Primatene Mist's progress and status in getting back on the counter.

In the meantime, people continue to need relief for their asthma attacks.

What to do for Asthma Relief

OTC

It is best to be prepared for an asthma attack. If you bought Primatene Mist before December 31, 2011, you can no longer use this product because its expiration date has been reached. The company is working on a new HFA asthma inhaler and getting it approved, but does not provide an estimated date for that occurrence.

Primatene tablets are available to treat bronchial asthma. Although they will not provide immediate relief, they can be used to help with your asthma. You should get them from your local drugstore to get them at a reasonable price, but if your local drugstore does not carry them, they are available on Amazon.

Dr. Mary Ann Block suggested magnesium in my interview with her.

Prescription

Until the new Primatene HFA inhaler is approved, you will need to get a prescription in order to get an asthma inhaler. If you want to avoid CFC, you can make sure you ask for an inhaler that is made with HFA. However, you will have to take some steps in order to use your asthma inhaler made with HFA.

  • Priming. If you haven't used your HFA inhaler in a while, you will need to spray one or two doses in the air to get the pump to give you an accurate dose of medication.
  • Inhaling. Make sure you use the proper technique for using the medication, since the spray does not come out as forcefully as it did with inhalers that contain CFC.
  • Cleaning. You will need to clean your HFA inhalers more often than you did your CFC inhalers.

I haven't used an inhaler with HFA, but these steps seem similar to the steps for CFC as well.

For more information, you can visit the FDA Consumer Update on Primatene Mist.

Primatene Mist is a Rescue Inhaler

My doctor has said that Albuterol is more effective than Primatene Mist anyway, and recommended that I take that instead of Primatene. Personally, both the products work for me.

Primatene Mist is a rescue inhaler, and only works to treat the symptoms of asthma. Treating the symptoms alone allow repeated attacks, which can permanently damage the lungs. There are other products that help reduce or prevent the frequency attacks. There are also natural ways you can help prevent asthma attacks, such as working to reduce your triggers.

Be Prepared

If you have asthma, it is very important to be prepared for an asthma attack. Since Primatene Mist is no longer being sold, you will not be able to run to the drug store to buy an inhaler. If you are not prepared with enough stock of Primatene Mist, you will want to make an appointment with your doctor and get a prescription.

Is Primatene Mist Coming Back?

2012 Primatene Mist Updates

January 10, 2012: I called to customer service for the parent company. The representative told me that they do not have a definitive or estimated date that the product will be back on the store shelves. They are currently in the final stages of developing the CFC-free product, and are conducting clinical trials. Once they complete that, they will need to get FDA approval, which may take months or years.

February 8, 2012. The customer service representative told me that they do not expect to have an alternate product until next year. The company was required to take Primatene Mist completely off the market, so it will not be available anywhere else. They did not ship it outside the United States. I would think this means it is unlikely to be found in the Canadian sources mentioned in the comments, which I am now deleting. Ebay also does not have any listings for it.

March 25, 2012: I appreciate all of the insights you have been providing in the comments. I really feel for the people who have not been able to find solutions to their asthma problems. I am in the process of interviewing people in the medical community to find different options for asthma patients, and hopefully will come across something that will work for you.

June 13, 2012: Armstrong Pharmaceuticals announced a consumer warning about Primatene Mist inhalers that are already on the market. Some of the pressurized plastic coated glass containers are bursting. It provided some extra precautions.

  • throwing away the container if it has been dropped
  • don't store it in a car or in direct sunlight
  • don't keep it in tight areas such as pockets, since the valve stem or stress on the container neck can cause cracking or breaking.

On July 18, 2012, Amphastar Pharmaceuticals presented some testimony to the U.S. Congress, in the hopes that Congress will pass legislation to allow up to 1.5 million units that are stored in warehouses to be sold to consumers while the FDA approval is received. They stated that they did not know how to dispose of these units, and would give the profits to charity. Since then, two bills have been introduced in Congress.

There is also a petition to allow the use of these units to be sold. According to change.org, and Amphastar's own website, 1 million units are available, which have an expiration date of August 2013.

August 31, 2012: The customer service representative told me that they have created the new formula for Primatene Mist, and are currently working on finalizing the paperwork with the FDA. They are expecting the new formula to be available on the market at the end of 2013.

November 9, 2012: Commenter SuperWill has informed us that there is another over the counter medicine called Asthmanefrin that is being sold at CVS and Walmart. It uses the same main ingredient, epinephrine. Reviews of this product on Amazon indicates that it works, but is not as convenient as Primatene Mist.

December 1, 2012. Commenter Dingo44 has informed us that "The active ingredient in Asthmanefrin is 11.25 mg Racepinephrine, while Primatene Mist is .22 mg Epinephrine." and confirms that the Asthmanefrin is very cumbersome to use.

December 12, 2012, the House of Representatives voted down the bill that would have allowed Amphastar Pharmaceuticals Inc to sell its warehouse inventory of Primatene Mist. According to the Wall Street Journal, "The bill faced intense opposition from the American Lung Association, the American Thoracic Society and 11 other medical groups. They say that epinephrine, the active ingredient in Primatene Mist, can lead to racing heartbeats and heart attacks in some patients."

2013 Primatene Updates

July 25, 2013. Armstrong Pharmaceuticals, Inc announced that it has reformulated Primatene Mist with an environmentally friendly propellent called hydrofluoroalkane (HFA). It will continue to use the same active ingredient epinephrine. The company made a New Drug Application with the FDA for Epinephrine Inhalation Aerosol USP. The company is awaiting a decision by the FDA.

August 2013. The containers that the company was attempting to sell in June 2012, presumably the last to be produced have expired. My container expired in April.

2014 Primatene Mist Updates

February 25, 2014. A US Food and Drug Administration advisory panel voted not to recommend Primatene HFA for over-the-counter sale at this time. They did not believe that the risk / benefit ratio favored OTC sales. There is another clinical trial, so these results are not final. They were concerned that the dose indicator had a high failure rate, the device can clog easily if not washed daily, and the product allows for eight puffs a day, twice a week which is contrary to guidelines that suggest epinephrine is a poor choice for acute asthma therapy. The agency does not have to accept the suggestions of the advisory panel.

August 13, 2014. I called Primatene Mist's customer service number at 1-877-462-8363. The representative told me that they submitted their application to the FDA more than a year ago and are awaiting the approval. She said that they would announce any changes on their website.

2015 Primatene Mist Updates

January 27, 2015. I called Primatene Mist. The representative told me they are still awaiting approval from the FDA and do not have any additional news.

November 23, 2015 I am sorry to say that there are no new updates. I called the company and they told me that they continue to wait for approval from the FDA. They are cooperating with the FDA to provide whatever they ask for, and then have to wait some more.

2016 Primatene Mist Updates

August 2016. The website Primatene.com which had not been updated in a long time was discontinued, resulting in several broken links in this article. I have removed these links.

August 15, 2016. I called Primatene Mist's customer service. The representative told me that they are still waiting for approval from the FDA.

I will continue to provide updates here. If you find out anything more before I do, I would appreciate it if you would let me know here in the comments.

© 2011 Shasta Matova

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Comments: "What Happened to Primatene Mist Asthma Inhaler?" 142 comments

Brandi Mastain 5 days ago

They will never get approval. There is too much $$ for the big Pharm to make screwing over Americans. The very expensive junk inhalers available, are beyond terrible. Husband struggles to breathe. It's so scary to watch him struggle to breathe. I have to pray and keep my faith that God will help find something that works. Can't let anger take over. Those responsible for yanking PMist...don't be surprised when karma comes to collect. Karma always comes to collect.


Marco 3 weeks ago

Seems like Primatene Mist isn't making a comeback. It's been forever!

I did find another company has a similar product and a new product that's also coming out that doesn't have any propellants, which is what primatene was cited for by the FDA.

I have been a Primatene customer for a long time, I think I'm going to try that other company, Dr. Natural Healing's Epimist product when it comes out. I might try their current product Prime Asthma Relief too, just to test it. Will update when I do.


Liz 3 weeks ago

Unreal... They would rather someone die than get their medication.

Some people don't have money to see a doctor. Or they need it quick.

ER visits are ridiculous, when all is needed a a quick drive to a pharmacy.

This needs to be changed, and Primatene needs to come back ASAP!!!


Steve 7 weeks ago

Thanks OBOMA you have hurt our country many ways with regulations this is one of them.


FDA Shills 2 months ago

Hi Eric - You ask what you can do? Well, you can either cough up a few bucks more than was passed under the table to the corrupt FDA shills by big pharma to get them to ban Primatene (hope you have some deep pockets), or, you can die; those are your two choices.

Do you know why it is taking YEARS for the FDA to approve the new formulation of Primatene? It is because big pharma bought and paid for the FDA commissioners, and the truth is, it will never be approved.


Eric 2 months ago

I just ran out tonight to get a replacement inhaler and was shocked to find none available. Search and found this article. This sucks, as I very occasionally relied upon this inhaler. Not sure what I cam going to do now. I am a very random sufferer who got used to being able have this product. The pills behind the counter recommended by the pharmacist were 50.00 Yikes!


Chris 6 months ago

I have one primatene mist inhaler left... when I found out they were no longer sold OTC it was too late... I bought 5 off of craigslist from another state and had my son mail them to me..I have a sort of ex stepdaughter that is a nurse practitioner in another state... she offered to send me some different asthma inhalers she said she can get for around $5 each when they go on weekend vactions to Mexico... guess I will take her up on that offer


john 7 months ago

no relief since primatene was removed, at last specialists are going through exhaustive testing to determine my severe reactions to cortisones and steroids, even checking my dna. about time.


Ray D 8 months ago

I've been cruising along nicely on daily dose of Dulera and a rescue inhaler when needed. It worked nicely until the insurance company decided that my copay for Dulera would be $291.00 and $292.00 for the rescue inhaler. I was flabbergasted!

So I went looking for PM which was always a good stand by only to find the govt pulled it off the shelves because of environmental issues. Anothe concession to the tree huggers while people that need the med kick back and suffer. Total BS if you ask me.

Thanks for the hub and the info as I'll be watching when/if PM ever comes back. Depends who gets elected this year I guess. In the meantime I'm using nothing and suffering through the exacerbation episodes from my COPD.

Must be nice to sot in an office and decide who can breathe and who can't. Totally stupid and frustrating!


Debra Love 10 months ago

Where I live I paid $260 for doctor visit,$204 and $60 for inhalers.It took me three months to catch up my bills.insurance has a deductible of $2000 before covering.This has turned into just another government supported greedy business for big pharma.If those that do all the labor die off from medical problems we can't afford to treat,who will do the work.Disgusted all around!


WeThePeople 10 months ago

It's been over 3 years since I last time inhaled a real thing. I did had an alternative inhaler containing HFA and that HURTS my lung like hell! That was about 3 years ago when I was sick with fever and coughs. Hard to breathe! I later learned that HFA came from a corn family which causes BAD chemical reactions in asthma suffers.


Johny smith 11 months ago

when will they put back on the shelves, i am tired of these asthma attacks each day, i need PM, it is the best inhaler out there :(


Brad Osborn 11 months ago

Thank you for this excellent history of attempts to return PM to the retail market. PM was by far the best inhaler for my type of asthma. I have

had to switch to an albuterol product which is nowhere near as effective.

Sometimes I wonder if it even helps at all. I have a cynical view of what is going on, given that large pharma stands to lose a ton of money if the bulk of us asthma sufferers could go back to OTC PM. As a side note, I highly doubt that the product was a threat to the ozone - I mean, does it not go from the inhaler tube straight to the lungs? Give me a break.

Thank you again and please keep up your efforts. I think there are thousands of us that remain hopeful. Happy New Year.


Jonathan 11 months ago

So I'm visiting family for the holidays who have cats and dust in the house and I begin having a pretty serious asthma attack. I haven't had one this serious in years. I go to Walgreens to buy Primatene Mist and I find out the news that it has been discontinued and there were no alternative OTC sprays... I could hardly believe it. Came back and did some research and found this to be largely true and that Primatene Mist, what I have depended on as a child and throughout my young adult life, is no longer available. Fortunately, I find that driving with the window cracked, basically getting away from fur and dust, really can help me. I really hope we can get something back on the shelf soon so those of us who need immediate relief will be able to find it. Thank goodness for this site and it's efforts.


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Millionaire Tips 11 months ago from USA Author

Kevin, I have another article that shows ways to avoid an asthma attack, and it has some options in it.

http://hubpages.com/health/How-to-Manage-Your-Asth...

Here is one substitute: http://hubpages.com/health/Alternatives-to-Primate...


barbpatch 11 months ago

I just checked today about Primatene mist, as I am looking at my Obamacare health coverage, which does give a low monthly payment, but ALL the prescription inhalers on the market are brand-name now and the coverage only really is inexpensive for generic brands, the brand-name drugs will be more costly. I was going through a community clinic where I was getting free Proventil inhalers through the mail due to meeting income guidelines, however before all this mess with Primatene, I never had to worry about applying for assistance to buy inhalers, or having insurance, or even going to the doctor, I could self-treat with the Primatene and avoid going to the doctor unless I was really sick. There's the AsthmaNefrin stuff on the market now, but it's like $50 or more for the starter pack. Walmart used to sell generic Primatene for around $9-10, and the brand-name was $18-$21 most places, now the brand-name inhalers are all $30-$65 and the steroid "control" inhalers can be hundreds of dollars for each one. It's ridiculous. Albuterol has been around for decades, but the drug companies have managed to take EVERY generic form off the market except the nebulizer solution, allowing them to charge whatever they want for asthma inhalers that used to cost $10 or so with no insurance, and if you didn't have a prescription, you could always get the Primatene mist. There have been times since the ban on Primatene where I ran out of my prescription albuterol inhaler and had to lug my nebulizer, hosing, vials of solution etc around everywhere with me in case I had an asthma attack, and then the ability to use it would depend on if I was somewhere that I could plug the nebulizer into a wall outlet. There's no reason for this change in costs/availability of these life-saving medicines other than greed, plain and simple.


graman 11 months ago

i remember how much priminate mist used to help, in just a few seconds i get relieved, i am living dangerously with only a last one, hurry up fda!


Russell 12 months ago

I only have asthma issues for 2 months in the fall, and got by fine for years with Primatene. Now I spend $200 per year for Doctor visits, plus $150 a month on prescriptions. That's $200o a year, instead of $30, and there is no real change. First it was Advair, then Dulera, then Symbicort, no how about Singular, depends on which is offering the doctor the best kickback that visit. We're all forced to fund the graft given to doctors from Pharma. I have written FDA, Senators, my members of Congress, and all I get is added to their mailing list. There was an article awhile back on the financial news site that discussed the bonus given to pharmaceutical companies by the FDA for blocking the new Primatene. Follow the money, same as it ever was. I read the docs that come out from meetings the FDA holds to discuss the issue, and there are no shortage of ignorant comments like "just call your doctor if you have an attack" Yea, so let's say I'm in Yosemite and all I need to do is get ahold of my doctor in Texas, so he can come out and help me? Also, now the doctors want to know if you have "marketplace insurance" before they will even see you, so if you do, you'll just need to hold your breath while they verify your coverage. I hope someday these people are held accountable of their actions.


Kevin K 12 months ago

Thank you for all the info on Primatene Mist. It was my 'go to' for my seasonal asthma issues. Is there another alternative, besides getting a prescription which costs a lot more?


Sammy nauoman 12 months ago

Hi, when will amphastar realese its new hfa inhaler, i am tired of doctor meetings everytime, please reply, thanks


john 12 months ago

Can someone please tell me if they aare still working on it, or did they stop, my asthma's killing me!


Sidney 13 months ago

Here we are 2015, Asthma related deaths are exponentially on the rise, and a study PROVED Albuterol was no more helpful than a placebo. Where's Primatene Mist? Apparently no where to be found. Yeah the FDA cares about human life as much as Hitler cared about the Jews.


LegendOne 15 months ago

Thank you so much for your research and continued effort for updates. This was very informative for me and am looking forward for the new inhalers.


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Millionaire Tips 18 months ago from USA Author

It is very frustrating to have government decisions that don't make sense. The best way to counteract that is to help the government make better decisions by writing and calling them and explaining your reasoning to them in a calm, polite manner. You want them to listen to your story, not turn you away because they are afraid for their lives and safety.


DeathIsInTheAir 19 months ago

I suffer from bouts of asthma come spring allergy time, especially when rain storms kick up the stuff. Primatene was the perfect remedy for that... and then I discovered one day it's no longer off the shelves. Didn't know why at the time.

I switched to Albuterol, which worked fine for me. However, I quickly realized I'd been had--if I want to keep using the product, I now have shell out more money for a doctor's visit every couple of years in order to get the prescription refilled.

What a real treat for me.

So now I get to suffer--and can only imagine what REAL asthma sufferers are going thru year round--because of BS politicking on one end, and on the other, simple human greed and indifference.

We loser Americans whine and whine about this despicable treatment we receive. What I want to know is when are we going to start DOING something about it? At what point do we say enough is enough and start dragging these bastards and bitches into the streets and start shooting them like the mongrel dogs they are?

Screw a mere revolution, where's Vlad the Impaler when you need him? THAT would set them all straight... in more ways than one.


lee 19 months ago

Anyone notice all the people with breathing problems lately and how the government banned primatine mist and increased the cost of albutrol. Just another form of control and I believe what Alex Jones talks about that the government is spraying chem trails to cause all this. Funny how in the last ten years so many people is getting sick with lung disease.


Harold Lamie 20 months ago

I was a user of Primatine Mist for several years.It was quite effective and priced reasonably. It was a far better product than Asthmanefrin or Albuterol Sulfate. It was abetter medicine than either and I didn't use as much. I would get at least three months from one vial.


jamie 20 months ago

second trip to e.r. cost for meds $420 then dr. bill, hospital.visit, and xray , ends up $1500 to $1800 total cost! can't work can't walk to the next room without laboring for air, prmatine we are desperate! please help us !


Rosetta 21 months ago

It will never be approved. Big pharma can't make enough money off it over the counter.


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Millionaire Tips 2 years ago from USA Author

Jack, this medication has certainly saved many a life, as well as saving a trip to the emergency room. I'm glad it was useful for you.


Jack 2 years ago

Primatene Mist saved my life in the early '80's. I got stung by a bee while driving to Nevada and had bronchial swelling. I used the Mist to relieve the swelling and the Epinephrine opened up the airway that was closing.


jim 2 years ago

those bribe taking double dealers took primatene off the market on purpose. it only cost 15 bucks to breathe easy until the fda and epa

left us in the lurch gasping for breath. thanx for nothing government

nincompoops.


Jahk 2 years ago

Now, April 2014.

Any updates on a projected release date for the "new" Primatene Mist?

Thanks!


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Millionaire Tips 2 years ago from USA Author

I do hope they get their approval soon.


hlamie 2 years ago

I was a Primatene Mist user for many years. It was very effective for me and I did not abuse usage nor overuse, and only used it when necessary. It was a bad day for me when it was no longer available. Since then I've used the Primatene Tablets and they work somewhat. I also tried Asthmanefrin. This product is not up to the advertising. Beside being costly the propellant mechanicism is terrible. The one I bought stopped heating within a couple of weeks. One reason, I guess is that I didn't need it every day. I'm looking foreward to getting Primatene Mist again.


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Orion Hunter 2 years ago

UPDATE FROM ARMSTRONG PHARM WEBSITE:

Epinephrine Inhalation Aerosol USP Update

July 25, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Armstrong Pharmaceuticals, Inc. has submitted its New Drug

Application (NDA) to the FDA for Epinephrine Inhalation Aerosol USP.

Please note that Epinephrine Inhalation Aerosol USP will continue to use epinephrine as its

active pharmaceutical ingredient but will use a more environmentally friendly propellant (known

as HFA, or hydrofluoroalkane).

Armstrong recognizes the importance of Epinephrine Inhalation Aerosol USP. Armstrong cannot

provide the timing for the FDA product approval process, but we will work with the FDA

throughout the process to bring this important Over-the-Counter product back to the market as

soon as possible.


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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA Author

Thank you rkshanny for your update. We will definitely just have to wait and see what happens.


rkshanny 3 years ago

I called Amphastar who took over Armstrong Pharm. who produces Primatene. Their rep said they submitted FDA paperwork on 4/8/13 and have not yet heard back. By the way, their rep is curt and very uninformative. I asked several questions as to if she knew their expectations of availability. Her answers were one word: NO. Very uninformative!

As for Asthmanefrin, I have read many reviews. The contraption that dispenses the medication appears to be a major pain in the arse and highly finicky and unreliable, unlike a simple inhaler. I will resist at all cost buying into this nonsense and use albuterol until re-release of Primatene inhaler. I can't imagine waking up in the middle of the night gasping for breath and have to deal with the unpredictable Asthmanefrin contraption. And for the number of doses it provides, it is far more expensive than Primatene. No thanks.


J Decker 3 years ago

The makers of Primatene have had years of warning to make the switch to a non cfc propellant. So my question is, "why didn't they make preparations earlier", and why didn't another competitor step up to fill this void"?


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you for your information. Dingo44. I have added it to the article. We are all still waiting for Primatene Mist to be available in the stores again.


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Dingo44 4 years ago

Asthmanefrin DOES NOT have the same active ingredient as Primatene Mist. The active ingredient in Asthmanefrin is 11.25 mg Racepinephrine, while Primatene Mist is .22 mg Epinephrine. I am reading it off my box of Asthmanefrin refill vials right now. It works, but not as well as Primatene, and is certainly not as convenient. It is big and bulky, and not easily slipped into a purse or coat pocket like Primatene. Bring back Primatene Mist!!!


SuperWill 4 years ago

Great news folks. There is a new medication available over the counter at CVS. IT's called Asthmanefrin. You get the nebulizer and viles with the starter kit then you just buy refills. Same ingredient as Primetine and less expensive then Resepinephrine. Here's the link

http://www.asthmanefrin.com/


Karen 4 years ago

This is a great article. I had asthma as a child and taking Primatene Mist always sent me into a much worse attack. I had assumed that was the reason it wasn't being sold anymore. Interesting to see that I was one of a small group of adverse reactions and that most people were getting relief from it~!


Jan 4 years ago

Good grief I haven't heard or seen a commercial about Primatene mist in ages! I thought it was a long lost product. Who knew it worked so well, I have asthma and this could've been a cheaper alternative to my Rx inhaler which sets me back 62.00 a month. When it comes back I hope it works as well as before so I can switch!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Yes Paula, I am sorry to say they do not expect to be ready until late next year.


Paula 4 years ago

Any word on the return of Primatene????


Jesse Brown 4 years ago

This is what happens when politicians become involved in anything.


June Giacona 4 years ago

I like many of the rest have had Asthma for years and depend on Primatene Mist as my Rescue Inhaler .. It works better for me then any Rx inhaler available. So many are suffering from this senseless ban, I urge you to continue to fight to get back our Primatene Mist . I see this page was last updated on Aug. 31 2012 , and I Thank You for that . I think if we call the FDA and let them know we would really appreciate them pushing our much needed inhaler to the top of the pile for approval it might help . Primatene Mist is now listed on the automated system with the FDA ( good sign ) .. Don't give up, we Deserve to live a life with some quality .. There appears to be a fight in many area's involving our much needed Primatene Mist inhaler's, From it original ban due to the CFC delivery system to it now coming into question if epinephrine is safe to use at all . I for one have used this for over 40 years with no side effects .. I have also used several Rx inhalers with many horrible side effects , and they do Not work as well if at all .

I joined a group on FaceBook and have been relieved in just knowing I'm not alone in my fight for the right to breathe .. If you would like to join I will leave a link , we are a friendly group and are working together to help get the remaining units of Primatene CFC returned with the Asthma Relief Act of 2012 which is due for another vote any day now . We are also actively trying to have the FDA step up its approval process in regards to the New Primatene FHA inhaler , we have lots of important informative available for all Asthmatics . Please come join us, share your story .. We are in this together


CMFee 4 years ago

Why did it take Primatene so long to get on board. This mandate was made in the late 1990s. They knew then their product needed to be changed. Now 13+ years later they are still in the planning and processing stage!


Clutchcargo 4 years ago

Signed. Thanks for the link!


p.lyna 4 years ago

Sign this petition to bring back Primatene Mist. The petition is to advocate for the EPA to allow the remaining units of Primatene Mist to be sold to the market.

https://www.change.org/petitions/environmental-pro...


Jojo 4 years ago

I had used Primatene since 1978, stocked up plenty in late 2011, but then this spring it stopped being effective; I was needing it several times a day and my heartbeat was racing.

Since I live in Massachusetts, home of the Obamacare prototype, I have affordable insurance and was able to pursue standard medical care for my asthma after resisting it for ages. Doctor put me on inhaled steroids (Flovent HFA) with an Albuterol "rescue inhaler" and it's working well. The standard treatment goal is to have one med for maintenance and to need a rescue inhaler like Primatene or Albuterol only once or twice a week. I understand that many posters have tried this without success, but it DOES work for some of us; my Flovent dosage has just been halved.

I'll make a final decision in a month or so about listing my leftover Primatene on eBay; apparently it gets pulled if it's listed in an OTC meds category but is left up if it's put in the "Collectibles (Science and Medicine)" category.

I realize how fortunate I am to have found an alternative, and I wish you all the best of luck..


martin 4 years ago

the makers of albuterol are behind this ban of primatene so we all should cease from using albuterol it doesn!t work anyway maybe then they will let primatene come back or maybe voting obama out of office will help when he speaks i always have an attack i have used primatene 35 years and i miss it


WeThePeople 4 years ago

Despite being asthma-free for several months, Primatene Mist still is the best thing and should be back on shelves for other people stuck with asthma. While WE pay their salary with our TAXES the government ought to serve US, not bullying over our HEALTH.


RT 4 years ago

Just signed the petition to bring Primatene back. I wrote the following: Been using Primatene since I was very young (I am 37 now). Like many others, Primatene is the ONLY thing that works for me. Albuterol and other prescription inhalers don't do anything while Primatene worked for me in seconds. I did not know about the ban until it was too late. Now I am scared of what will happen when my last inhaler runs out and i have nothing to rely on when my next attack occurs. The CFCs of this product are minimal and inhaled right into the lungs anyway. Please allow this medication to have an essential use exception and bring it back. You don't know what you are putting us through. Thanks.

Thanks for this site. Good to know I am not alone. Keeping my fingers crosses they allow Primatene to come back or the new formulation comes soon.


richard 4 years ago

THANKS A lot JUST GET IT BACK ON THE SHELF. ASAP


sisko 4 years ago

I too have Asthma, had it since birth and I agree with everyone on this post. Banning Primatene Mist because it contains CFCs is complete bullshit! Like others, Primatene worked best at controlling my asthma. My doctor prescribed Albuterol, which like others have said, doesn't work as well. I find myself using it three-times more than primatene. And worse, because it's a prescription, you're at the mercy of refill dates! Just recently, I used up all my albuterol within less than a month (that was never the case with primatene), anyway, after my albuterol was depleted, I went to get a refill and the pharmacist said I had to wait three days before my insurance would authorize my refill! My insurance would only refill my albuterol every 30 days and my 30 days weren't up yet, but my albuterol was empty because I used it too fast...apparently.

This is utter nonsense by my insurance company and the pharmacy. I was practically out of breath, dying in front of them and they denied me. They said I had to pay out of pocket the full cost of albuterol or wait 3 days inorder for my insurance to cover the cost or go to the emergency (which I would still have to pay for). Now, if primatene mist or similar drug was available over-the-counter, I could've just bought that! Get it! There's obviously something wrong with this picture. But we all know what it is...

This is strickly about money -- kick backs for doctors, pharmaceutical companies, insurance companies, etc.. Think about it...with Primatene Mist easily accessible over-the-counter, asthmatics wouldn't need to visit doctors, get prescriptions, pay co-pays, deal with insurance companies, etc.. There are millions of people who suffer from asthma...millions of dollars that was not being collected by doctor visits, prescriptions, co-pays, insurance companies etc.. In other words, this is a big market that wasn't being tapped to its fullest. Now some asshole(s) have finally got the FDA to banned Primatene Mist so they can force millions of asthma suffers to pocket up.

Lets be honest, if this wasn't about kick backs and profiteering, then a replacement "over-the-counter" asthma medicine would've been avalible. Hell, out of all the other asthma alternative medicines that you need a prescription for, not one of them can be made for "over-the-counter"? REALLY? There are DOZENS of different asthma medicines. Pick one, reduce the potency (if necessary) and sale it over-the-counter for those who can't afford a doctor visit, insurance, etc.. Make it available for people who can't wait 3 days for their insurance to cover the cost of their asthma prescription.

But that won't happen. Not yet anyway. Because there's simply too much money to be made at the expense of asthma suffers. There's no humanity anymore. Everything is about money. If you can't pay, then you suffer or worse...DIE!!! Period. And of course, you will do anything to make sure that doesn't happen, and insurance companies, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and other profiteers know that.

It's really really sad. And the people behind all this will burn in HELL!!!!


unknown 4 years ago

Wow, that really sucks.. I am a minor suffer, still I need Primatene over any other inhaler. I really wish there is at least one asthma inhaler over the counter that we can buy


Ed 4 years ago

I have to use an Albuterol inhaler instead of Primatene, but it is nowhere near as effective. I need twice as many doses, and it still does not clear the asthma symptoms as well as Primatene Mist did...Primatene was an epinephrine inhaler, and I have yet to find a replacement product. The hype about CFC's is complete bull-crap as well. The inhaler is 1/2 oz, and is designed to last 30 days or more depending on use, and it is inhaled. So, each month, a fraction of an ounce is dispensed into the atmosphere. By comparison, there is a product called Brakleen that is used in the automotive industry to clean brake parts...it comes in a 28 oz spray can, uses CFC's, and is designed to be sprayed directly into the atmosphere. You can easily use 1/2 of a can to a full can in one brake job. That is about 50 times more CFC's into the atmosphere in one usage than what Primatene Mist dispenses into the atmosphere in one month, yet Brakleen was not banned and is still sold today. This is just another way the government is controlling our lives, because we are letting them do it.

All of the above doesn't change the law, but I wish Armstrong would get their butts in gear and make the HFA inhaler...they've had plenty of time. The Montreal Treaty (the law that was signed banning CFC's in this inhaler) was signed by the US in 1987. Twenty-five years later and they still don't have a replacement???? COME ON ARMSTRONG, TAKE CARE OF YOUR CUSTOMERS!!!!


James 4 years ago

17 yrs old and I almost died 3 times as a baby and it's been five years since my asthma symptoms came back and I can't breathe at all and with me moving into nc with lots of pollen it's not getting better my chest feels as if it's getting tighter everyday . I hope they notice us asthmatic people dying in front of their eyes and maybe they realize we're dying :/


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you for your comment j.farmer. Whether I believe it or not, the end result is still the same: Primatene Mist is still off the shelves at the store.


j.farmer 4 years ago

sorry, millionaire tips - the proclamations of the montreal protocol (do look up maurice strong) have been falsified.

the ozone hole is still there and it varies with seasons completely independent of and unaffected by cfcs.

it was a trial balloon for agenda 21. you fell for it like so many others.

do you also believe CO2 is a pollutant, then?

that's the next scam being run by the same crew- more ambitious than any fraud every previously attempted.

they were encouraged by the demonstrated gullibility of ... ahem... you know who


Clutchcargo 4 years ago

@JJ, have YOU tried Primatene tablets? They don't work.


Paula 4 years ago

Any word on when our beloved Primatene Mist will be back on the shelves?


JJ 4 years ago

Have you tried using the Primatene pills? They have a pack of twenty-four that will cost you $7.00 at Walgreens'


Teresa 4 years ago

I don't understand why they did this to us. I have no money no insurance can not get any help anywhere for any relief. Now I can not even get around much as it takes my breath away. Most days I walk from one room to the other and have to sit down and catch my breath. With out the help of primetene I am going downhill fast. I have tried the tablets and they do not work at all. I am just hoping they get us something over the counter soon before I lose all of my breathing.


jlh 4 years ago

I used Primatene for more than 20 years. I have tried the steroid inhalers and Albuterol with no go results. I had allergic reactions to the Albuterol and all the other inhalants just made my asthma attacks worse. I did stock up on Primatene Mist and am praying I have enough to make it thru until the new product hits the market.

Thank you for this site!


Pam 4 years ago

Sorry, that should have read "I am NOW on...."


Pam 4 years ago

I posted awhile ago....I've been diagnosed with COPD. Lung functions aren't up to par. I'm not on ProAir, Advair, Singulair and the Nebulizer twice a day. Seems to be helping me...I'm not reaching for the whiffer as much as I did when using Primatene. Down side is...more $$ being spent but if it controls my problem it's all I can do right now. I'm still planning on using Primatene, or at least keeping a couple on hand, once they come back on the market. Good luck to all of you...I found I had to change my way of thinking...just because I get a little short of breath or a wheeze, doesn't mean I need to reach for the inhaler.


phosphers 4 years ago

It's not always a vast conspiracy y'know? Over the years there's been a bunch of hubbub about people with undiagnosed asthma using primatene and managing to kill themselves. In this sue happy world with the media flogging every story, I imagine the maker got tired of dealing with it.

The problem with primatene from a medical standpoint is that it is a shot of adrenaline you suck into the lungs and this can cause heart problems with prolonged use. If you already have heart problems, that haven't been diagnosed/treated, it can be even worse. Unfortunately for a lot of people it works rather well.

I understand reducing CFCs but flat out removing the product has caused a crap ton problems even for myself.

A few things that get glossed over:

Is your asthma under control? Having an inhaler does not mean it's under control. This will sound stupid and obvious, but avoid your triggers! If you're allergic to pets, avoid them, the allergic reaction can trigger asthma.

Lose some weight! No, really. I'm not super overweight myself but losing one or two pounds does make breathing easier. This is difficult for those of us with exercise as a trigger but you don't have to go out and run a marathon every day. Those of you in great shape might still have exercise as a trigger, sucks don't it?

Control inhalers/inhaled steroids can prevent symptoms in the first place. And of course, they're super expensive. If you can afford them I highly recommend using one. I could barely make it to the mailbox before I started using one. Keeping the reaction at bay makes it much easier to exercise.

Many community clinics have scaled payments and low office fees. Not the best solution for the working poor, but a 20 fee to get a script is better than not breathing. SeaMar in washington is pretty nice.

There are clinic operated by rotary clubs and other organizations that might be able to get you a small inhaler for free. Usually they only do this once though.

Some states have community health centers too. Don't forget that you might actually qualify for state (welfare) assistance!

What pisses me off about this is the limitation of choices. Not breathing is a pain in the ass, and if I had the choice I'd just buy the 20 buck inhaler rather than go to the hospital. And you know that a lot of people go to the county hospitals which ends up costing everyone even more money.

I do believe that primatene can be bad for you. I used it for years like everyone else, everything was under control. But really, it wasn't. My asthma is baaaaaaaaaad and I believe that the primatene might not have been helping all those years. It gives a feeling of relief very fast, but I can't say for sure if it's better. And it was starting to fuck with my heart(probably a few other things helping). However, I hate the new HFA inhalers. They clog way too easy, they feel too light, and they're too expensive. Fifty bucks for a chunk of plastic and a canister of dust? That's what pisses me off.

Typing this out I'm weezing because I can't afford the control inhaler at the moment, thinking of getting another proair but, oh yes, I can't get another for 25 days. Still don't understand that one.


Tim 4 years ago

If you or someone you care about is having a hard time getting by without Primatene Mist and/or your prescription inhaler is providing only minimal relief here's something that will help.

Buy a Nebulizer. They come in a wide verity of styles and sizes right down to one that's about the size of two Primatene Mist side by side. I'd say eBay would be a great place to start.

The only other thing you need is, S2 Racepinephrine Inhalation 2.25% Solution. (rayse-ep-i-NEF-rin)

It usually comes in boxes with 30 0.5ml vials and cost around $50 dollars a box. Even though it requires a prescription there are a few places on-line where you can purchases it without one. Just in case your doctor's only solution is to prescribe you another junky little $50 dollar ProAir inhaler with no refills so he can charge you for another office visit every time you run out.

Racepinephrine is a trade name for Epinephrine

(ep-i-NEF-rin) which is the active ingredient in Primatene Mist so if Primatene worked good for you this will too. I do recommend that you go on-line, take a little time and read the precautions. You don't need 8 years of med-school to understand them and it's just some basic, good to know information that even those who are still using Primatene should know.

It may not be as convenient as a Primatene Mist but IT WILL WORK pretty darn close to as good as one!


Tim 4 years ago

If you or someone you love is having a hard time getting by with out without Primatene or if their prescription inhaler is providing minimal relief I have a suggestion. First you need a nebulizer. They come in a wide verity of sizes and styles priced from under $20. on up to $300. I bought a portable one for $62.00 on e-bay called "Mini-Mist", it's about the size of two Primatene Mist side by side and has worked out great for me.

Now, the only other thing you need is, S2 Racepinephrine (Race-ep-i-NEF-rin)Inhalation 2.25% Solution. Each Box usually has 30 0.5ml vials and is around $50. bucks a box. Although it usually requires a prescription I found a couple of places on-line where I was able to get it with out one. Just in case your doctor's only answer is to prescribe you another crappy little $50. dollar ProAir inhaler with no refills so he can charge you for another office visit every time you run out!

Racepinephrine is another trade name for Epinephrine which is the active ingredient in Primatene Mist so if Primatene worked well for you this will too. Sometimes you just need to do what you need to do... Even though the two are basically the same I do recommend that you take a little time, go on-line and read the precautions. You don't need 8 years of med-school to understand them and it's just some basic good to know information even for those who are still using Primatene Mist.

I just wanted to share that with all of you who are struggling to regain control of your lives as well as those who have to deal with seeing someone they love suffering through an Asthma attack.

It's not as convenient as a bottle of Primatene but trust me, IT WILL WORK!


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billee 4 years ago from Detroit area

wow mhkmuller - that is an amazing story. Funny thing is, it's exactly what I've been worried about since December 31!! Funny - marijuana can now be purchased legally for medicinal purposes - but Primeatene....no way. Uncle Sam says so.


mhkmuller 4 years ago

Wednesday night at about 2:00am I had a asthma attack. I whent to use nebulizer with albuteral solution and could not get enough air in me to use it. My wife said she heard a big bang. When she came to investigate she found me passed out on the floor not breathing. She called 911, and watched me turn purple. She performed CPR and I started breathing again when the fire department got there. If I would have been alone I would have died. This is were I am at. After spending thousands of dollars on nebulizers, pro air, combevent, qvar, nebulizer solutions, doctors visits, one emergency room visit, and now passing out from lack of air and almost dieing. I have used primatene for 35 years and never had one single problem. Was healthy active and could breath. This has all changed within two months. It is asolutly amazing that you can't get anything that is a perscription that works!!! Then I get a phone call from my ex wife said she had an old bottle of primatene that she found if I wanted it. Well I immediately went and got it. It was expired but I said what have I got to lose. One puff and I was completely restored like there was nothing ever wrong! Just one puff!!!! I can't believe this is happening to so many people in 2012!


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billee 4 years ago from Detroit area

You could try sigining this online petition to try to get Primeatene back on the shelves....not sure how much good it will do against this twisted government we have.

http://www.change.org/petitions/the-president-of-t...


ClubMember 4 years ago

I called armstrong pharmaceuticals today and told them my sad story about how nothing else works. She was very nice and said, "Yes, you and about a million other people". I asked if they were really working on a replacement product or was this just a shell game to the fool the public. She assured me they were working a a new version of Primatene Mist which would not be out until sometime in 2013. Of course that is dependent upon final FDA approval. I think it is time the "million plus" users of this product quite talking about how we are going to "die", and start doing something productive and united to let our voices be heard. Trust me, the FDA is not reading this blog!


Timmer 4 years ago

If we could only take a couple of the chief decision makers from the EPA & FDA, place plastic bags over their heads for a minute or two perhaps it would help them understand what a horrible feeling it is to slowly suffocate... It's easy for them to say, "see your doctor for an alternative to Primatene" because they all have the best all expense paid insurance that OUR tax dollars can buy! I know it doesn't provide any immediate comfort to all of you who are suffering and your families but from what I gathered the new Primatene FHA inhaler should be available in September, possibly sooner. So until then, hang in there and survive!


Narvax 4 years ago

OK, now on the ProAir Albuterol for two weeks, it sort of works but not nearly as fast as the Primatene. I am keeping my one last Primatene around as an emergency inhaler. I am going to do a small study effect on blood pressure and ekg effect vs the Primatene. Seems like the ProAir has more effect on my heart than the Primatene but that is just subjective...


Unbelievable!!! 4 years ago

Wouldn't the smarter thing been to have allowed the makers of Primatene Mist to come up with a non-CFC version of the mist before simply yanking the product from the shelves? Perhaps the decision makers have never suffered from an asthma attack?


Pixote Andolini 4 years ago

The CFC thing is total BS. Sure the product uses CFC's but nothing even close to causing a catastrophic effect to the Ozone layer. It's a classic misdirection to the bigger issue. Pharm Lobbyists only want their product to be sold in the states. Special interest groups and lobbying in the the States is the reason why they cost double or more than what they cost in most other countries.


mhkmuller 4 years ago

I have used Primatene mist for over 35 years. I remember the first time I used it. It was nothing short of a miracle. Within minutes or less I could breath. I was normal like everyone else! My entire child hood time going through elementary school was the worst time of my life because I couldn't breathe. Was always sick and in the hospital. This hurt me socially and educationally because when you can’t breathe you can’t do anything! Once I started using Primatene I was able to concentrate, was able to learn, excelled in school, participated in sports, was a high school wrestler, a downhill ski racer, everything I could never do all of a sudden I could do because I could breath. Know I find myself in the same boat I was in 35 years ago. Thirty five dam years ago!!! I have gone to doctors, have various medications, spent thousands of dollars, and nothing works. Mind you I have no health insurance either. I even had to admit myself to an emergency room one time because it got so bad. I have been prescribed all sorts of medications. Use various inhalers such as ProAir, Combivent, Long term inhalers, bought a nebulizer machine, Nebulizers abuteral and nothing really works. I have asked doctors what is the replacement to Primatene Mist. The FDA says go to your doctor for replacement! Are you kidding me there isn’t anything! Doctors tell me Primatene is bad! Well it has enabled me to live a productive, successful life and be a member of society for over 35 years. I am 54 years old and am healthier than a horse. Up entel now was lifting weights, active in everything, certified scuba, diver, rock climber, cyclist, hunter, karate, you name it I can could do it. Just about everyone I know, a lot younger than me have one ailment after another, and cannot do what I could do. They are overweight, have high cholesterol, dubieties, couldn’t run around there house if they had to. I find my situation absolutely unbelievable. Here we are 2012 and there is nothing that works as well as Primatene Mist! This will be the end of me. I ether will not be able to continue holding a job, or die from asthma attach. I am very scared and very worried! I never thought it would come to this. When will Primatene Mist be back on the shelf? To all the Doctors that say Primatene is bad the alternate is much worse. If you ever need a case study to the long term use effects of Primatene Mist I am available. I have used this over the counter medication for over 35 years and am in perfect shape! Please bring Primatene Mist back!

Thank you for any support you may be able to offer.


Clutchcargo 4 years ago

I never thought the green movement would be so vicious as to eliminate most asthmatics on the chance it would improve the environment .0000000087% Good grief.


WReeves 4 years ago

I suffer from very bad Athsma and always used Primatene for relief. The HFA inhalers are no good, they don't work. If you are like I hope this comment helps. Purchase a nebulizer, they cost around $50. Then purchase Racepinephrine. It is a liquid form of the active ingredient in Primatene. Hope this helps

Regards


Pam 4 years ago

So glad I stumbled on this. I too have used Primatene for over 20 years. I stocked up before they pulled it off the shelves, of course, I used almost all of it before going to the Dr. for a Rx med. Now on Rx inhalers and they don't seem to offer the same relief (or peace of mind) that the Primatene did. I also have to space getting my Rx filled otherwise, insurance won't cover it. I'm sure like many of you, there was always an extra Primatene inhaler stashed away, just in case. Millions of us out here now paying top dollar for Rx stuff that doesn't work as well as good old Primatene did. I sure hope they get the new stuff on the market soon, even if they charge more for it, I'll be buying it again.


Zarkon 4 years ago

Primatene mist is inhaled directly into the human body, not blasted into the environment! I call Bullshit. I agree with what someone else wrote that those who banned this product should be inflicted with an asthma attack. Them those Eco retarded jerkoffs will see how much our health is more important and how foolish their actions were. The alternatives are overpriced ripoffs and money making scam. Other counties don't force ppl into paying for overpriced and unnecessary services to obtain health care and medical supplies. As someone put it you can buy this spray for 5 - 10 bucks. You don't need to pay 200 to see a doctor to prescribe some weak crap for 100 more. Evil. Also that new albuterol junk doesn't work I've tried a few different ones none are as good as PM. albuterol actually made it worse.


RoyC 4 years ago

I found out in November of 2011 about the ban and purchased enough Primatene Mist for about 3 years. I have been using

it for 30 years and didn't want to be without...


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billee 4 years ago from Detroit area

absolutely Clutch. Nice call.


Clutchcargo 4 years ago

The Bush regulation (over years ago) revolved around EPA concerns. When Jim Demint (R) tried to get an exception for Primatene, the current CONGRESS voted it down. Please don't try to make this about Bush like everything else.


yvette 4 years ago

First, remember, the regulation removing Primatene Mist from the market was a George W. Bush regulation. It has nothing to do with "Obama care". It was George W. Bush appointees on the recommendations board that refused to extend the deadline for sales of Primatene Mist. They were all doctors who recommended people just go to a physician and get a prescription.

I called Armstrong in September 2011 when I first heard Primatene Mist was going off the market December 31, 2011. They said they would have the new version of Primatene Mist available in September 2012. I reaffirmed this date a couple of weeks ago.

Fortunately, I was able to stock up on enough Primatine Mist inhalers to last me through September,

I was born wheezing. The prescription inhalers did not work for me. They made me jittery and sent my heart beat raising to 180 beats per minute for a long time. Primatine Mist has worked perfectly for me since I first discovered it a couple of decades ago. I have not had a trip to the emergency room since then.

So, there is hope, if you can make it to September.


Tom 4 years ago

I was using Primatine for years...I knew it was going away but I was being REALLY dense as i thought the supplies on the shelf would stay put, that they just would not be making anymore. Needless to say my idiot brain was in for a shock after New Years when i went to look for one.

Then had a ER visit for a breathing treatment and got an inahlor to the uninsured tune of 1,600 dollars.

I was told today that a doctors visit would be 150 dollars up front for new patients. The inhalor itself would cost fifty...

FYI for those searching for help, the Bronkaid tablets have higher doses of the active meds then the Primitine or the Walgreens generic Primatine version, but alas this too will not bring relief.

This is just a crazy decision in this economy..don't make laws to punish the negligent banks or the RX company's that bleed people dry because they are sick, but lets let the poor asthma sufferers pay..and they mean it PAY or don't breathe properly.


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billee 4 years ago from Detroit area

Don't you find it kind of funny that in most states Medicinal Marijuana is perfectly legal, yet Primeatene is not? Talk about twisted logic.


Wondering if it is time to go 4 years ago

My goodness...is there any justice at all. After 20 years using Primatine, I am sitting here right now, struggling to breath because of the US Government's incredible reckless decision.


Clutchcargo 4 years ago

When congress controls healthcare, this is what you get. There is more to come I'm sorry to say...


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billee 4 years ago from Detroit area

Carli, they don't care....


Carli 4 years ago

My husband has suffered from asthma attacks for 40 years. Since they took primeatene off the shelf he has tried several prescription medication inhalers that don't even come close to the same relief. I think it is horrible that they have done this to asthma sufferers. Obviously, they don't know what how scary it is not to be able to breathe.


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billee 4 years ago from Detroit area

I've been using Primeatene for decades as well. I, unlike many of you, have great health insurance. I've been prescribed Albuterol. I decided to start using it since Primeatene is no longer available. It's pretty useless but has basically kept me out of the ER. However, Albuterol really doesn't work very well. The removal of Primeatene from the shelves is completely political and all about the $$$!!! Senator Jim Demint from South Carolina did his best to put a stop to the ban - but Congress wouldn't listen. I urge you to find out if your Congressman voted for or against the ban and do your best to make sure he isn't re-elected. In the meantime, I just keep trying to find new info. to see when Primeatene will be back on the market. I hope I can live that long - and hope that all of you hang in there until the new version is released. Hopefully, it will still work like that old one - although I'm starting to have my doubts.


Clutchcargo 4 years ago

Hopefully Armstrong is trying a different propellant (HFA 134a appears to have many problems including clogging and actually making symptoms worse). Maybe that's what's taking so long?


Narvax 4 years ago

I am on my last Primatene inhaler now but just picked up a ProAir Albuterol inhaler ($70). Not sure how it will work, waiting for my next "attack". There has to be something other then the CFCs behind this since I would be willing to actuate a pump for pressure or they should have started on the HFA 134a testing earlier. Supposedly Primatene is bad for you in the long run but its worked fine for me for the last 30 years...


Texasairborne 21 4 years ago

It is a sad time for America knowing how our wonderful democtatic government is taking such good care of us.(LOL!).Now that my wife is unable to buy PRIMATENE MIST...we have been in the EMERGENCY ROOM twice for Asthma attacks. Both visits have cost over $1,000.00 each...,of wich we are billing MEDICARE for..with doubts the bills will ever get paid thanks to OBAMA and his idiot environmentalists cousins. What a disgrace to AMERICA to have such people leading this country that they care more about the stinking air, (when very few other countries do)...then the health of so MANY people who have found relief from PRIMATENE when NOTHING else works.....and believe me my wife's DOCTOR has tried everything to help her next to a lung transplant!!!!!!!GOD BLESS AMERICA..... and to hell with the DEMOCRATS and OBOMACARE.... which I doubt includes coverage for people with ASTHMA....YES, it is ALL politics...and OBAMAS plan for the fall of our freedom to choose....there are none!!!!!!! Now HE can send us a check for our EMERGENCY ROOM visits as I'm sure we will have MANY to come because of a little gas....Perhaps he and his pals need some TUMS...or did they outlaw that as well?????? Are you sure his real name isn't ASOMA?


Paula 4 years ago

If CFC's are such a concern, why are there still two prescription drugs available that contain CFC's? One of them is called Combivent. I have not been able to find out the name of the other. Interesting that we can still get a drug that has CFC's, we just have to pay a doctor, a pharmaceutical company, insurance and a pharmacy.

Not sure if this will help but I found a page on Facebook that is following this issue and maybe if they can get enough "likes" it will get some attention. This is their link- http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-Back-Primatene...

I hope something will change and we can once again have access to this life saving drug.


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tattoopainfreak83 4 years ago

Hi I came across this site looking for the date that they will put my inhalers back on the shelves. Along with a few other sites I've been checking into over the months they like this one claim its cause of the CFC's but if those so called sites did their own research and even those so called scientists bothered to check the lung out put for a cfc level, they would understand that our diseased lungs are acting as a filter. And our lungs are capable of filtering things down to the size of one micron which is actually small enough to catch most of the cfc's harmlessly in our own bodies just to release it as carbondioxide. Which is great for the environment seeing as that's what our trees and plants use to creat oxygen. But not only that but as stated earlier the CFC's are heavier than air so they sink not float so the little tiny bit that does escape from each puff we all take never makes it to the upper atmosphere. And earlier today as i looked into the sky i saw a jet leaving a huge trail behind it, just think of all the flights daily around the world now that's what everyone should be worried about harming our planet and all our vehicles we use god no how much each day. that inlyes the problem not our inhalers i lay here writing this now with my blood o2 count down to 78% thanks to our government with their kickbacks. people i emplore you there is a plan to take the earths population down by two thirds by the year 2050 it's real just look it up and the annual meeting takes place on a compound in new england. No i'm not crazy or skitzo check into a guy name Brad Meltzer He can explain everything if i make it through tonight i'll check back here as much as i can so maybe if anything happens to me it won't be in vain. without primatene mist i most likely will die soon.Mainly because I am of such poor health no one wants to hire me when i do finally find someone hiring and with no insurance no one ever wants to treat me and i already owe two different hospitals about $20,000 in unpaid bills due to this and other medical problems. Not to mention every prescription drug i've ever taken for my asthma has never worked, the one and only thing to ever work has been stolen from me no us because people don't bother to do the necessary research it has nothing to do with the manufacturer they were told to wait on finding a solution till after the ban so there ya go there is the truth. And illegal or not you should not keep the name of a site hidden just because of that i'm sure the site still sells other stuff too. So thanks for prolonging our suffering since you and others have jobs and could afford to by your whole county's stock hoarding all you can keeping it under lock and key when i and others like me have to pray to make it just another ten minutes much less anothr day. I mean seriously i'd sell my soul just for one or two full inhalers just so i can finally go outside on last time to play with my three kids again before they get too old or before i pass. and when they come to me begging daddy daddy can we go play again. It makes me wanna cry because i can no longer play with them. And then my oldest coming up to me crying saying its ok daddy I know you can't breathe daddy why did they take your inhalers away. Why can't they just put them back so we can play daddy so you can take us to the park? anyway to all of you that read this I hope you took something from it. If i had offended anyone in anyway i'm sorry but if you were on the right side it wouldn't offend you now would it? I hope you all have a nice long life i'll keep you all in my prayers and if you think about it keep me in yours.If anyone would like to get in touch with me in a respectful manner my address is tattoopainfreak@yahoo can't put the last few things in but use common sense lol. thanx for everyone's time and thanks to this site for allowing me to inform or inspire.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Anon, I am sorry your doctor is being so difficult. If you look at my hub on alternatives to Primatene Mist, the doctor said that the FDA recommends against using Advair as a first line of defense for asthma.


Anon 4 years ago

Agree with all of above. My husband had to go from using primatine mist to albuterol, but NOW the stupid doctor wants to cut his prescription in half ... my husband needs 2 inhalers a month, but new RX is for 2 inhalers a quarter. So that means what? He should only breath for 1 of 3 months, and spend other 2 months in the hospital? So even when you DO pay extortion $'s to doctors for the stupid slip of paper, you STILL have to fight. They want to push advair, which just increases the risk of asthma related death (that way after they've sucked you dry of $'s, you can stop being a useless eater???). Other countries do NOT require prescriptions for such life-saving medicines. We live on an insane planet.


Timothy Price 4 years ago

I am 47 years old and was first diagnosed with Asthma at about the age of 10. Over the years I have used both prescription inhalers and Primatene Mist. For me, NOTHING comes close to working as good and as fast as Primatene. I have mentioned this to both of the doctors that I have seen over the last 20 years and both explained that what might work good for one person may not work as well for another. Again, in my case both doctors said that when it comes to having a rescue inhaler the single most important thing is having THE ONE THAT WORKS BEST FOR YOU!I currently have a prescription Maxair and for me it's basically useless when it comes to quick relief and you would think that for the tiny bit of medicine you get for the $50 dollar cost they would at least come up with something better than that cheap, poorly designed dispenser! I guess there wasn't anyone at the design table smart enough to realize that a person should be able to carry the thing in their pocket without it all leaking out. Thank God I was able to get a few Primatene Mist before they were taken off the market! After doing a bit of online reading I couldn't believe how many people were saying the same thing. The only feeling that's worse than not being able to breath is not being able to breath after using an inhaler that doesn't work! I feel so bad for all the people that found themselves suddenly struggling to breath and not being able to purchase something quickly that works as good as Primatene Mist. It's hard to describe to someone who's has never experienced it just how horrible and scary it is not being able to breath. It would be great if the FDA could somehow find it in their heart to come up way of expediting an approval for the new HFA Primatene Mist but what are the odds of that happening? Just cutting through all the governments red tape is enough to suffocate anybody! Let alone the poor Asthmatic guy that the EPA fingered and tossed to the wolves...


rico 4 years ago

i have ( i think ) found a solution for those who have tried a "new inhaler" and it didn't work. I have used primatene mist my whole life so after they removed it i went into panic mode...please see your doctor 1st but iam using Racepinephrine 2.25% solution in a small hand held nebulizer..the very same used in primeatene..works well and is can carry it with me..go online and you will find this product as it is an over the counter drug...i hope this helps some of you...


kelly 4 years ago

since primeatene been off the market i have not breathed right tried so many methods regular give me nooooooooooo relief what the hell i have an active 12 yr old son a home career im normally very active my breathinjjg is causing me to isloate veryyyyyyyyyyyyyy depressig. Need primetene back 20 yrs of an active healthy life with it forget seeing dead end docors there not really informed anyway ghppppppppppppp


WeThePeople 4 years ago

I still wake up gasping for air once in a while. Had to cut down activities around the house. Coffee and mint candies helped a bit but not like Primatene can do. They have NO right taking away our beloved Primatene Mist which has never failed us. They have NO heart for us except for THEIR $$$.


Manny 4 years ago

So what do people in Candida use for Astma relief? CAn we by that?


ALMOSTDIED 4 years ago

I WENT TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM FOR BREATHING ISSUES AND BY THE TIME THEY GOT DONE WITH ME WITH A MISSED DIAGNOSED HEART PROBLEM 5 DAYS AND 57,000 DOLLARS LATER I GOT MY INHALER PRECRIPTION AND STILL HAD TO CALL 911 2 WEEKS LATER BEFORE PASSING OUT. NEVER HAPPENED WITH MY PRIMATINE THE LAST 30 YEARS


Ricky 4 years ago

I used primatene mist for years, people have given me various inhalers and none helped as much as primatene mist did. I can't afford to go to a doctor, so what is my options? I have suffered since i ran out of my inhaler and can't buy it anymore.


Filthy 4 years ago

Dirty doctors greed is what killed this drug. Thankfully I stocked up well over 1000 of them hidden away as well as found a source for the albutorol inhalers without prescription. Fight this until someone listens.


Clutchcargo 4 years ago

While I call BS on the CFC thing too, I've heard the "it goes into our lungs" argument before. However most of us exhale after a puff. THAT sends it into the environment. Still, I don't agree that it is a significant amount to justify putting so many people's lives at immediate risk.

I go back to why Armstrong hasn't just switched the propellant. Seems like a thing that could be done overnight. Especially since they were making enough money providing one version. It's obvious there is a market.


asthmallmylife 4 years ago

look yall okay yeah cfc bad for ozone..but does anyone realize the stuff doesn't go in the air..who would want to waste a puff i sure wouldn't..so its not the cfc's persay...unless they are trying to now control what we put in our bodies...that stuff goes in our lungs not in the air..so i call bs on the cfc thing


Clutchcargo 4 years ago

I don't understand why it takes so long to change the propellant. Armstrong had YEARS to prepare for this. Something else is at play here.


steve voyles 4 years ago

i do not have insurance. i have relied on primatene, and it worked great for me. now, i cannot breath, will most likely lose my job, and may die


Richard W. 4 years ago

I am in the same situation. Over 30 years of Primatine use and it WAS the only drug that worked. I have health insurance BUT NONE of the prescription inhalers help me. I just had a really bad asthma attack that lasted over a week. I did the albuterol inhaling machine three times a day, with no help. I sucked on every HFA inhaler out there with no help. So now I am stuck with popping two primatine tablets three times a day, a clariton D 24 twice a day, and about a pot of coffee a day. The bad thing is that Primatine tablets contain the epiphedrine that my lungs need BUT it is a heavily regulated Behind the Counter drug. I cannot get more than 30 pills a day due to Anti-Meth laws. I am almost at the point in which I will try to Epi-pens. I have gone to many doctors and many hospital visits since the ban began, with no relif in sight. I am extremely fearful that I will soon be one of the many asthma deaths to come from this. When Primatine was on the market, I had an excellent chance of living to old age. An attack would happen twice a year due to high pollen counts, but now I will suffer until I die from lack of oxygen from inflammed lungs. Thank you Montreal Accords, Congress, FDA, and Primatine.


Gloria 4 years ago

I am completely angry about this. I guess the doctors weren't getting enough money from the druggies that they supply every day and had to start picking on the asthmatics.


Rick Abney 4 years ago

the government is so stupid for taking our primatiene of the shelves just because they say it will hurt the envirement bull shit. what about alll these bad vechiles on the road with bad mufflers and things like that i would star there before removing primatine like a lot of prescription drugs can get pretty pricey if you don't have inshurence com on i mean 2 14 dollars for symbacort.which i find is the best working inhaler out there lucky my inshurence will kick in at the end of this month but what about the people who don't have the inshurence.i think this is nothing but a bunch of bullshit.


Mike 4 years ago

As I sit here unable to breathe looking for an asthma relief alternative with no doctor no desire for a doctor I'v had asthma 40 years I know how it responds to things. All the new HFA stuff is much less effective than it used to be. The idiots who make sweeping decisions on peoples lives should all have Asthma Attacks in the middle of the night when you only have $20 to barely be able to buy an unfindable Primatene mist as they wonder of they are going to live through this or go t a hospital with no insurance so they can start sending a $600 bill that's only going to stop you from advancing in life due more bad credit that you will need to live in this very "Rich People" biased sucksioty. I'm sure the RICH comfortable people would prefer us poor (finically) asthma sufferers to all just die. Then they can all be happy with their insurance and doctors.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

John, I was caught by surprise by this announcement as well, although I found out in December, so I have Primatene Mist for myself. I am sorry your prescription inhaler is not working for you.


John 4 years ago

Like others I have used the primatene inhaler for years.... Now I have the prescription kind and im always wheezing... I feel weaker and out of breathe quicker... I went from using the primatene just before I went to bed to using the prescription one three to four times a day.... Don't tell me its because they really thought that we were hurting the environment... I wish I would of known this was coming and I would of went to a bunch of different stores and bought out there supplies... either way thanks for the info...


hiyauriah 4 years ago

When I called the company a couple of months ago to ask why they had waited so long to start changing the formula, i was told that that Armstrong Pharm. had only bought Primatene 2or 3 years ago (I can't remember now which it was) and that the former producer Wyeth Pharm was just going to stop making it period. If Armstrong hadn't bought it, we'd have lost all Primtene years ago.

Albuterol doesn't work for me. I have used Symbicort in the past to maintain and will need to get a script for that again within the next week, at a much greater cost than the Primatene. There is no logical reason for removing it from the market simply because of cfc.

I've contacted the FDA and left my opinion and urged them to push this thru ASAP. It may help if we all do this.


captjohn43 4 years ago

The government is out of control. There does not exist enough primatene mist to affect anything except the lives of asthama sufferers. This is absurd. Where is the supply. Occupy Wallstreet? Bull. Occupy the EPA!!!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

I completely understand all of your frustrations. The OTC medicine was cheaper than going to the doctor, and even that was expensive.

The author of this article didn't sign any treaties or make any laws. I also did not delay changing the formula of the medication to get it to comply with the laws. I'm just the messenger.

I suggest you go to the doctor for a prescription, because doing without an inhaler is very dangerous for someone with asthma, and going to the emergency room is much more expensive. There are clinics that offer sliding scale fees for doctor's visits, and you can call the 800 number of prescription you get and ask them for coupons or other help to bring the costs down a bit.


WeThePeople 4 years ago

Try to be in my shoes as an asthma suffer and you WILL NEVER say such a SILLY thing like suggesting us to go to a doctor for prescription. How in the world can tiny amounts of CFC (a heavy molecule that gravities to the ground) do damages to the ozone that's SEVERAL MILES high? Look up the sky. See those jets leaving white tails miles up? Then tell me which one that does the most damage.


Mike H 4 years ago

how is it that the CFC is bad...its not like we are holding the inhaler in the air spraying it...it goes in our lungs...not the air...F the government for doing this to us..my health is failing because of it and i don't have insurance and can't aford 140$ for a inhaler from the doc...that's hwy robbery for a product that only really cost them 5 bucks.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

I understand your concerns. There is a big price difference between buying an OTC medication, and having to go to the doctor and get a prescription, or worse yet, having to go to the emergency room.


Georgia 4 years ago

I think it a bunch of bull! They know how Maney people depend on them! They just want make the extra money it cost to get a something that don't even work! I guess it better to incor a hospital bill you can't afford just so you can breath! God Help Us!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Dingo44 said:

"There are still supplies of Primatene Mist out there, but eBay and Amazon aren't allowing it to be sold, since it contains chloroflouorocarbons. I found some 2013 expiring bottles recently (February 25, 2012) on (www.snip) but it's pricey. It's still better than not having it at all."

I have snipped out the address since it is illegal to sell them. Thank you for your comment Dingo44


EDB 4 years ago

Hard to believe that the tiny amount of CFCs emitted by Primatene Mist can be so detrimental to the environment. Obviously the paper pushers at the FDA have never had an asthma attack. Why does our country sign up to such silly treaties?


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

People have known about the danger of CFCs and their effects in the ozone layer since the 1970s. They were phased out from refrigerants, hairspray, deodorants and cleaning products, etc., since 1995. There are very few products that use CFCs today, and they are the ones that have received extensions to continue to come up with new solutions.


Deborah 4 years ago

Such b/s...various hairspray still has fluorocarbons and that makes me lose my breath when too much is sprayed,,,much less what that does to the environment. It's probably all kickback related. I have to go to the doctor now every three months to get albuterol and I have to pay that copayment plus double the price of primatene mist to get the albuterol. Once again, rich people getting richer at the expense of poor people.


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

George, it is a sad situation. Unfortunately they won't be ready until next year. Until then, we will have to stick to prescription medication.


George 4 years ago

I hope they get the new Primaten out soon as its like having Diabetes with out Insulin


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

I'm sorry Debbie - it seems like there aren't a lot of choices for people who suffer from asthma. Hopefully the FDA will expedite the new version of Primatene Mist soon.


Debbie 4 years ago

Sorry sad in Seattle, I too agree with you. Albuterol did not work for me like Primatine Mist did. I just spent $188.00 yesterday on Atrovent and it didn't work at all. I took ten puffs and nothing. As a matter of fact I have never heard such wheezing or felt such panic. I waited a couple of hours and tested the little bit of Primatine Mist that I have left and WOW!!!!!....I could breathe and no wheezing!!! I cannot believe Primatine Mist has been taken off the market. I'm freaking out now because I cannot breathe.....Yeah, you people that don't care about others..Karma...it's gonna come back to you!


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

sad - I am sorry. I can understand your frustration. The CFC are bad for the environment, and it is unfortunate that Primatene Mist didn't take steps years ago to change their formula. Maybe they thought they would get special consideration since they were the only ones on the market.

I urge you to find a way to get medical help. You can find a community health center - they charge you on a sliding scale based on your income. You can also call your health department or local urgent care, and see if they can offer you some assistance. It would be much cheaper for you to get an inhaler now instead of having to go to the emergency room later.


sad in Seattle 4 years ago

My husband and I were both laid off from our jobs a few months ago. NO health insurance now. Can't afford it. I was caught off guard with the Primatene being outlawed. Now I am in a panic. I have been taking it for 30 years. I bought some P. tablets after going to many stores to even find that. It is not helping with my breathing however. The doc gave me Albuterol years ago and it didn't work as well for me. Now I can't afford to go to my doctor to get a prescription for anything. I am really mad that our government has done this to us. They made the economy go in the toilet and now I will die from an asthma attack! Thanks. :(


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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thanks Daniella and mljdgulley. I was surprised to see the label and had to do the research to find out why they were discontinuing it.


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mljdgulley354 4 years ago

Very informative hub. I feel for those who suffer from asthma.


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Daniella Lopez 4 years ago from Arkansas

Very interesting hub. I used to be a Pharmacy Tech and I remember when the laws on inhalers were being passed. People who used to buy these from us thought we were intentionally keeping them from getting their treatment... even though we at the pharmacy had absolutely NO control over it. Thanks for creating this hub, because hopefully it will help people be better informed about such things. Voted up!

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