FDA Goes Watermelon; Bans Sale of Only Over-the-Counter Asthma Inhaler in the U.S.

I’m sure this will come as great news to asthmatic Americans everywhere who don’t have a job, nor a healthcare plan:

By the way:  “Watermelon” = Green environmentalist on the outside, Commie Red on the inside.

Environment Trumps Health As FDA Ends Sales of Only OTC Asthma Inhaler in U.S.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
By Susan Jones

(CNSNews.com) – The only over-the-counter asthma inhaler sold in the United States soon will be banned from store shelves because of environmental concerns, and replacement medications may cost more, the U.S. Food and Drug administration acknowledged.

The FDA announced on Wednesday that Primatene Mist (epinephrine) will be discontinued by the end of the year, as part of an international agreement to phase out chlorofluorocarbons and other ozone-depleting substances.

Primatene Mist, approved by the FDA for the temporary relief of occasional symptoms of mild asthma, uses chlorofluorocarbons as a propellant.

Many manufacturers have changed their inhalers to replace CFCs with an “environmentally friendly” propellant called hydrofluoroalkane (HFA), but right now, there is no HFA version of the Primatene Mist inhaler.

“There are many other safe and effective medications to treat the symptoms of asthma,” said Dr. Badrul Chowdhury, the director of FDA’s Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Rheumatology Products.

The FDA is advising Primatene Mist users – including those who have never had their asthma officially diagnosed — to see a doctor soon to get another medication.

“If you have breathing problems but have not been diagnosed by a health care professional, it’s important to see one. Not all breathing problems are asthma, so you need to get an accurate diagnosis and the proper medicine,” Chowdhury said.

According to the FDA news release, “Replacement medicines for Primatene Mist may cost more.”

The agency offers the following advice to people who can’t afford a more expensive medication:

— Talk to your health care professional about programs that help patients get medicines they need.

— Contact the company that makes the drug that your health care professional prescribes. The company may have a patient-assistance program that makes medicines available to patients at low or no cost.

— Contact the Partnership for Prescription Assistance

Okay, I see where this is going.  One of the main reasons behind banning the over-the-counter inhaler is to push Obamacare .  You see,  now folks who have asthma and no money for healthcare are going to have to sign up for Obamacare because they no longer can just scrape up a few bucks and run to the local drugstore to pick up an inhaler.  They must go through a healthcare provider; namely, Obamacare…

The FDA anticipates that Primatene Mist will be harder to find on store shelves well before its Dec. 31 discontinue date.

Ya’ think?

The international agreement that is forcing Primatene Mist off U.S. shelves is called the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the treaty is a response to scientists’ observations that the earth’s protective ozone layer was getting thinner.

“Today, all U.N. recognized nations have ratified the treaty and continue to phase out the production of chemicals that deplete the ozone layer while searching for ozone-friendly alternatives,” the EPA says on its Web site.

I’m sad to say it, but Ronald Reagan got duped by the Watermelons into signing this piece-of-cr@p treaty.  If only he had known…

The FDA’s public discussion about the use of CFCs in inhalers dates back to January 2006. Almost two years later, the FDA finalized the phase-out date for using CFCs in inhalers, and it notified the public in November 2008.

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7 Comments on “FDA Goes Watermelon; Bans Sale of Only Over-the-Counter Asthma Inhaler in the U.S.”

  1. Jack Hardin Says:

    It is obvious those with the power to ban this lifesaving medicine are not asthmatics. I have suffered from bronchial asthma for 60 years and began treating it with Isuprel. When it was no longer available I tried many alternative prescriptions, but none of them even phased relief from an asthma attack except Primatene Mist. I have been searching for month to find a substitute when it is no longer available without success. If anyone knows of one, please let me know at JHardin@cfl.rr.com I suppose it might still be available via the internet from other countries like Canada. Anyway, it is ridiculous to ban this product when there are hundreds of spray products that are untouched by this all-knowing, all-powerful authority.

  2. Christina Says:

    When the Primetime Mist is gone, I will die. I have, even, been on a breathing machine for asthma. The prescription medicines do not help me, at all, during an attack; this includes, breathing machines. Recently, during outpatient surgery recovery I had an attack and the hospital tried for hours to get it under control. Finally, I begged to use my Primetine Mist inhaler and was fine, within seconds. I am going to die, at the end of this year. Please, feel free to contact me at McKeeChrist@HotMail.Com, if you know of a similar alternative.

  3. Some annon Says:

    Ok, I’m not from the states but I’ve been there to visit friends.

    Seriously? Environmental concerns? That makes me laugh. When I was there every one was driving HUGE ass cars and jeeps. I don’t believe I saw a single vehicle that I’d call “normal” sized. And they’re concerned over a small inhaler? What bullshit.

    America’s healthcare system never ceases to f***ing amaze me with how appalling it is. Thank goodness it’s free here (and that does _not_ impact the quality of the service like some people from the state’s think).

    Hell I recommended some over the counter hayfever treatments for a friend. Turns out it’s prescription only there. So that means shelling out money to see a doctor. What bs.

  4. Bill Says:

    I have no insurance. I feel the same as those above. Also its the f’n kids today trying to find legal ways to get hi. Its not our fault that parents today dont have a care in the world on what there kids do.

    Environmental concerns is just another way for the government to control Kids abusing anything they can get there hands on LEGALIZE POT DAM IT!! Tax the shit out of it like you do everything else.

    Please contact me if anyone has suggestion williammulholland29@yahoo.com.

    Time to stock up!!!

  5. nene Says:

    This is some bul-shit! Primetime mist weaned me off my expensive medications! I buy one primetime mist and it last me for 3 to 4 months! We must petition to save primetime mist inhaler. it has saved my life and other asthmatics. Albuterol inhaler does nothing for me.

  6. thomas Says:

    Just more discrimination. Doctors make more money. Smokers, over weight, veterans, now people with asthma. The demi gods are going a little to far. The doctors just want more money, from anybody.

  7. Felicia Says:

    I have one for sale, I live in NYC. I am selling it for $150
    My email is feliciagrajales1207@gmail.com

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