Wednesday, September 28, 2011

FDA Notes Primatene Mist Departure

Medical News: FDA Notes Primatene Mist Market Departure - in Product Alert, OTC from MedPage Today:     'via Blog this'

The only over-the-counter asthma inhaler sold in the United States will no longer be available next year as part of a phase-out of epinephrine inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs).

Epinephrine CFC inhalers, marketed as Primatene Mist, are being phased out because they use CFCs as a propellant (spray) to move the medicine out of the inhaler so patients can breathe the medicine into their lungs. 

Primatene Mist is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the temporary relief of occasional symptoms of mild asthma.

If you're a Primatene Mist user, the FDA recommends that you see a health care professional soon to get another medicine. A doctor, physician assistant, or nurse practitioner can all help you determine the best treatment option for you. Primatene Mist may be harder to find on store shelves even before Dec. 31, 2011.

From the FDA: Primatene Mist With Chlorofluorocarbons No Longer Available After Dec. 31, 2011

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