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24-Oct-13 10:00 AM  CST  

FDA Phasing Out Remaining Products That Contain CFC’s 

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will come to the end of it’s phase-out of all products containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s) by December 31st, 2013, according to an FDA press release.  Two products remain on the market to treat asthma and COPD, Combivent Inhalation Aerosol and Maxair Autohaler which will be phased out by the December 31st deadline.  The agency is suggesting that patients talk to their healthcare provider about alternatives to CFC inhalers so they will have something to replace their current drug.

Badrul Chowdhury, Director of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Rheumatology Products, recently commented on the issue of CFC Inhalers.  “CFC’s were used as propellants to move the drug out of inhalers so that patients can inhale the medicine.”  For more than two decades, the FDA and EPA have collaborated to phase-out CFCs inhalers – a process that included input from the public, advisory committees, manufacturers, and stakeholders.” 

Other options to CFC inhalers are now on out on the market, but some patients still miss old products like the Primatene Mist rescue inhaler to control their symptoms and find that the new inhalers do not work as well as the CFC inhaler counterparts.  Do you think CFC inhalers will ever come back on the market?  Has the phase-out affected many of your pharmacy customers? 




1.  Liscinsky, Morgan.  “FDA to Complete Phase-out of Chlorofluorocarbon Inhalers.”  FDA Release.  Web.  23 Oct 2013. 








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