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26-Jan-12 8:00 AM  CST  

Primatene Mist Bronchodilator No Longer Available 

Primatene Mist bronchodilators have been the only over the counter inhaler available for some time for those suffering from asthma and allergic asthma.  Customers wishing to purchase the product will find pharmacy shelves empty with only Primatene and Bronkaid pills available.  As a Pharmacy Technician you may wonder why the inhaler was removed from shelves as of December 31st, 2011.  Makers removed the inhaler due to CFCs (chlorofluorocarbons) included in the ingredients as these chemicals can harm and damage the environment.  Primatene Mist was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the short-term use and treatment of asthma and allergic asthma symptoms.  Currently, the FDA is advising individuals to switch to another asthma medicine and advised consumers to do so before the inhaler was pulled from pharmacy shelves in December.  As far as over the counter products pharmacy technicians will see Bronkaid pills and Primatene pills still on the market.  Healthcare professionals and consumers should be aware of web sites selling Primatene Mist and pharmacies still carrying the product.  There are a few sites still selling the product and doing so at inflated prices.  Such price inflation should be reported to the FDA and consumer protection groups.  According to various pharmacies in the New Orleans Metro area it is illegal to stock the inhaler on pharmacy shelves and sell it to customers.  For more information on Primatene Mist please visit www.primatene.com and the Food and Drug Administration web site by going to http://www.fda.gov/ForConsumers/ConsumerUpdates/ucm247196.htm.

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