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Primatene Asthma Spray to Be Banned By End of the Year

Updated on May 29, 2012
Life-saving over-the-counter asthma inhalers to become illegal.
Life-saving over-the-counter asthma inhalers to become illegal. | Source

Environmentalists Win At the Cost of Human Lives

Once again the United States government has demonstrated that it places little value on human life. Although the Declaration of Independence declares that all men are created equal, it is apparent that some - namely those with money - are more equal than others.

How so? By kowtowing to environmentalists and declaring that after December 31st, 2011 the epinephrine drug Primatene Mist will no longer be available to those who don't have health insurance. Asthmatics will be forced to get a prescription spray that will cost in the neighborhood of $45 without health insurance. The FDA estimates that about two million asthmatics currently use this drug.

Arthur Abramson, who runs The National Campaign to Save CFC Inhalers, states that at their peak 15 years ago CFC inhaler emissions accounted for less that 1 percent of global CFC emissions.

The FDA suggests that asthma sufferers get a prescription for environmentally sanctioned inhalers. I've used them and have found them practically useless, since they don't deliver the dosage they used to with the CFC propellants. The FDA also shows little regard for those who won't be able to afford to see a physician to get the prescription, never mind the cost of the prescription, easily double the price of Primatene Mist.

I've already commented in another article (The Tragedy of American Health Coverage) about the shameful way the United States treats its citizens. This is just one more example of how they will let people die rather than see that they have the necessary means to stay alive.

For those who want to stock up before the end of the year, you can order Primatene Mist from at the links on this page. Beware, some prices are already being inflated!


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    • Abitibibob profile imageAUTHOR

      Bob Hunter 

      5 years ago from Fort Wayne

      Your reaction might be an exception. Generally the only problems will be if it's used too often within a day. Someone having an asthma attack would never make it to the hospital! Bridges to Access is a good program, however. I've used the prescription drugs both before and after they changed the propellant and I found the new and "environmentally-safe" versions to be nearly useless.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      5 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I think it is an awful drug. I had an asthma attack before I realized I had asthma and purchase primatine mist. I thought I was going to have a heart attack! It was horrible. Something in it, caused my heart to race and my heart to nearly beat out of my chest. I didn't sleep all night! Asthma is a very serious disease and people do not need to be self medicating. A person having an asthma attack, go to the emergency room immediately. They have to treat you whether you have insurance or not! They need to take it off the shelves. There are a lot of patients assistance programs that help with medicine, if you can't afford it, like bridges to access for one.

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      Bob Hunter 

      6 years ago from Fort Wayne

      It's the environmental issue. You can get epinephrine in an epi-pen as well for allergic reactions. Primatene is reformulating it to be environmentally-friendly but they don't know how long it will take. Apparently it isn't easy to do. The prescription sprays that were reformulated are useless. I've tried them. Same chemicals, different propellant.

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      6 years ago from ,

      wow! is it really because of the environmental issues or epinephrine ,which is used in the manufacture of crystal meth. Very interesting article none the less.


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