Primatene Mist May Be Pulled From Market

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The FDA mulls whether or not to allow Primatene Mist to stay on the market. By DR.
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RKOUL

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As a biomedical research analyst and biomedical scientist, I find asthma (particularly childhood asthma) treatment very controversial . While well managed, asthma is not well prevented. Seventy per cent of children get their first asthma attack after they have landed a daycare, or entered the school buildings. While triggers for asthma (dust, mold and animal hair) are everywhere, ounce of prevention may work to the benefit of millions of children whose immune system is weak. The use of inhalers is again a questionable practice since many children receive higher dose and others are not getting an adequate dose due to lack of training and patience. Inhalers are an inconvenience to children who are active in sports. The missed doses due to mishandling is 20-30 per cent higher among middle school children. Besides, dust mites, pets and smoking habits of peers is a factor in aggravating asthma in school age children. The outcome based analysis of inhalers for asthma treatment will show that intake of proper dose is a big concern in disease management. Asthma is a chronic disease at some point in children and adults that should be treated as such. To target the root of asthma trigger rather than treating symptoms alone may prove cost effective. Current public health attempts on addressing environmental triggers for childhood asthma are non-existent and any outreach is random , and not tied to evidence of data. This is due to political posturing of health administrators in states to downplay environmental concerns as regulatory enforcement takes a back seat due to personal and political enticement.

While inhalers provide immediate relief, the inconvenience to school kids is a barrier to gaining success rates in bringing relief. While the school nurses and teachers are overworked and overlooked, depending on nurse administered asthma inhalers is questionable. We may hazard more risk than benefits. FDA should select a candidate drug that as a potent formulary (pill/tablet) can orally be taken at night time or in the early morning with a potency for relief for 8-10 hrs. It will be a measured dose, well worth the dollars we spend, with a prospect to bring a reliable relief for measured period of time. Eventually we need to integrate prevention, education and treatment to bring public health in line with the cost to the society in loss of productivity.
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There nuts..........
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And don't forget, if you can treat yourself with an over the counter medication, you don't have to pay a doctor for the right to breath.

Requiring doctor visits makes doctors much happier.(and wealthier)
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The doctor scam, and the other scamers who want to corner the 80 million dollar market! well they can bleep my bleep! This was one the the best things for me! I use to have to sleep in the classroom cause the pills were pnly availble by doctors and were to strong and made me cranky and weak! and I would of never completed a education! I was able to rid of attacks with out taking pills and live more of a normal life! around animals and al! sports! These fools are just mad cause there over priced crap never worked and they still do not know what to do about this astma! I wish they could spend endless night and days with out being able to breath! They better keep the best thing that ever happen on the d--m market!
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I suffered for the first fifeteen years of my life.
Going to doctors and trying everthing. When Primetine Mist came on the market it was a true relief. I have used Primetine Mist for almost 35 years, get regular physicals and have no ill affects from it's use. The argument that the propellent is contributing to the destuction of the ozone is absurd. What is the propellant in a doctor prescribed inhaler? The medical community are bigger whores than lawyers. How much will we pay for a doctor prescribed inhaler than an OTC.
The manufacturer of this product will most likely make a bigger profit from prescriptions than OTC.
Just another example of government and big buisness out of control! Wake Up! Time for anarchy and revolution.
Esther Malloy

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HELLO! I am 64 years old AND NEED THIS TO BREATH! I am not in school and am not a child, so if this is all about children and their inconvenience , WHAT ABOUT the ADULTS IN THIS WORLD THAT NEED IT? WE are suppossed to just die? The stupid pills do not help me whatsoever and ALBUTERAL causes me to get bronchitis. This study is a joke! Why on earth do you HAVE to take it off the shelf to conduct a STUDY? I think YOU WANT PEOPLE LIKE ME TO JUST DIE OFF! YOU SUCK AND YOUR STUDY SUCKSSSS!!!
Esther Malloy

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Jan 22, 2007
 
RKOUL wrote:
As a biomedical research analyst and biomedical scientist, I find asthma (particularly childhood asthma) treatment very controversial . While well managed, asthma is not well prevented. Seventy per cent of children get their first asthma attack after they have landed a daycare, or entered the school buildings. While triggers for asthma (dust, mold and animal hair) are everywhere, ounce of prevention may work to the benefit of millions of children whose immune system is weak. The use of inhalers is again a questionable practice since many children receive higher dose and others are not getting an adequate dose due to lack of training and patience. Inhalers are an inconvenience to children who are active in sports. The missed doses due to mishandling is 20-30 per cent higher among middle school children. Besides, dust mites, pets and smoking habits of peers is a factor in aggravating asthma in school age children. The outcome based analysis of inhalers for asthma treatment will show that intake of proper dose is a big concern in disease management. Asthma is a chronic disease at some point in children and adults that should be treated as such. To target the root of asthma trigger rather than treating symptoms alone may prove cost effective. Current public health attempts on addressing environmental triggers for childhood asthma are non-existent and any outreach is random , and not tied to evidence of data. This is due to political posturing of health administrators in states to downplay environmental concerns as regulatory enforcement takes a back seat due to personal and political enticement.
While inhalers provide immediate relief, the inconvenience to school kids is a barrier to gaining success rates in bringing relief. While the school nurses and teachers are overworked and overlooked, depending on nurse administered asthma inhalers is questionable. We may hazard more risk than benefits. FDA should select a candidate drug that as a potent formulary (pill/tablet) can orally be taken at night time or in the early morning with a potency for relief for 8-10 hrs. It will be a measured dose, well worth the dollars we spend, with a prospect to bring a reliable relief for measured period of time. Eventually we need to integrate prevention, education and treatment to bring public health in line with the cost to the society in loss of productivity.
WE ARE NOT ALL CHILDREN! AND THIS NATURAL CURE IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN ALBUTERAL EVEN! THIS IS ALL A MURDER PLOT IN MY OPINOIN!!!!!!!!!!
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I cannot believe they are going to do this!!!!!! First of all....over half of the population is unemployed, no health insurance, dr office visits are 'out of the question due to the outrageous cost' and people RELY on Primatene to BREATHE...What in the world is WRONG with the FDA...it makes me furious!!!!!!!!! how are these people suppose to breathe!!!!!
My daughter is 22, she definitely has asthma, no health insurance and simply cannot afford the dr office visit, not to mention to pay full price for medication IF she had health insurance!

Thanks Prez bush for contributing to the poverty in America and endangering Peoples health by outsourcing jobs, no jobs....no health insurance! DUUUUUHHHHHH!!!!!
the whole thing is just sickening.
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"the ozone layer!!!!!!!!" Maybe over a period of a 150 yrs! give me a break....these people take such small puffs!...Oh so now I guess the ozone layer is more important that human life?!?!?!

the ozone layer has been damaged not by primatene mist users but by the OIL COMPANIES.....wake up!
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Has anyone found a decent over the counter substitute? Can you even buy it online somewhere? This has made me angry, since I DO have health insurance, but the Primatene works better and costs less even with the insurance!!!!
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This is horrible. My husband needs the Primatene to breathe. As a kid he had severe asthma. He has tried the prescription stuff and still has attacks. Primatene is the only thing that works for him. We have insurance ($5 co-pay) but will still spend for the Primatene. The Primatene website has a link you can send a complaint to the FDA about this. Lets unite and send them.
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I too suffer from asthma, at times severe. The maintenance inhaler my doc prescribed costs $175 a MONTH! Since I can't afford that plus a car and condo payment, the maintenance inhaler isn't being filled. Albuterol does NOT work well at all for me and at times seems to worsen the asthma. Primatene WORKED but is no longer anywhere on my island (Oahu, Hawaii). So off I went to the walk in clinic after scouring the island all evening to get Albuterol. I hope I live long enough to see something OTC come out from the makers of Primatene Mist. This whole tree hugger crap really burns me up folks. Save the environment, kill the humans. Asthma is SERIOUS and DEADLY. Remember the big to-do about Freon killing the ozone? They made car manufacturers come up with a new system. THEN a study comes out that tells us Freon never caused any ozone problems. What a waste of money! Don't think the companies that make Albuterol will be coming up with generic inhalers that conform to the new enviroment rulings, it will take years. So what will us working fools do when Albuterol hits $75 a month? Or more? People are going to die just to pacify the tree huggers. Jesus, help us!
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It's all about the medical and pharmacutical professions gouging every last cent they can get from people who can least afford it.
I've been using Primatine Mist for several years and have had no problems with it. I have used the other inhalers and they are prohibitively expensive.
The EPA is on the kick about the ozone generating chemicals used as a propellent. The narrow minded idiots can't comprehend the limited use of this product will not generate enough chemicals to even measure in the atmosphere. In fact it won't generate near as much emission as their breath while talking about stupid regulations.
I think the solution is to just die so they can't rob me of my money and freedom.
Nuff said.
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Feb 4, 2007
 
i've used primatene my whole life. i don't know what to do.we used to have good insurance. my husband's company decided to close his part down. he now works for a small company that don't have insurance. i was taking b/p med,cholestoral,depression and asthma med. now i only had primatene. i don't know what will happen. my son is three and has down's. he needs me. what will happen to us.
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Feb 5, 2007
 
This is bullshit. I have also used Primatene Mist my whole life. My asthma attacks were much more severe as a child and Primatene Mist saved the day so many times. As an adult, I rarely have asthma symptoms, but when I do, Primatene never fails me.

I had an unexpected asthma attack over the weekend and went to all the stores looking for an inhaler. None were around. I could not sleep that night due to breathing problems. The next morning, when a pharmacy was open, I purchased the tablets (they don't sell these on the regular shelves anymore, either). It took about thirty minutes for the tablets to go into effect. It takes seconds for the inhaler to restore normal breathing.

It's hard to believe that a small inhaler could cause so much harm to the ozone layer when hairsprays probably contain far more harmful chemicals.
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Feb 5, 2007
 
I just got the last 2 Primatene Inhalers in this whole TOWN! They have been pulled off the shelves without any notice. What are people supposed to do that rely on these things? I do have a prescription for an inhaler---but I might as well squirt water into my lungs. The Primatene works far better.
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I agree with almost all of the above comments. Primatene inhalers just work better than the prescriptions for a lot of people! For the FDA to consider pulling this off is simply wrong and dangerous. Hopefully they will reformulate the ingredients and propellants to give so many sufferers at least some degree of relief.
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Feb 9, 2007
 
Ive just started taking this stuff and was very upset to find my usual drug store out of it. I was even more upset when i was told that they were taking it off the shelves! I've had asthma for about..13 years now and inhalers are great but the cost of going to the doctors..having to buy the inhaler all add up pretty quick.

I was introduced to these tablets when I had an asthma attack and my inhaler wasn't working at all. My mom went to the store..bought them as well as the inhaler itself..and I took the pills. Within an hour my attack was over and I felt great. From that point on I was taking them. I noticed a huge change in my asthma. Usually in the winter I need to use my inhaler WHENEVER i go outside...while I was on the pills I could go outside and shovel or play with my dog without even getting a little winded. I was sleeping through the night without needing an inhaler fix..when I was sick..my asthma didn't bother me at all. These pills are absolutely amazing and now theyre gone.

Im sure it's because they work far better than anything the doctor can give you and we all know how horrible it would be for them to lose any money. So..of course..they take a fantastic otc asthma medication off the shelf.

Ive also realized that there isn't any other form of OTC asthma medication. What happens if you don't have health insurance? It seems unfair that people are forced to suffer and pay horrible prices for stuff that usually doesn't work in the first place. I really hope they decide to put Primatene back on the market. It's amazing.

I did, however find a website that sells it. I'm waiting to get some in the mail. I can't remember the site right this moment but if you'd like to contact me about it my email is: shadow98989@aol.com.
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Feb 13, 2007
 
i agree with the others. some people just cant afford to see a doctor because they dont have health insurance. they must rely on this to breath.
other times people may be away from home and thier rx inhaler and need to be able to pick up an over the counter med. to breath. i think pulling this from the market and offering no other alternative is irresponsible.
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The reason Primatine was pulled is because it's one hell of a cardiac stimulant. If you have heart problems-some asthmatics do-that would not be the medication you'd want to take, particularly over the counter. Also the newer asthma medications, for example, Xopenex don't carry as much punch cardiac wise.

At any rate Asthma prevention is linked to asthma management. Understanding that you are dealing with a chronic inflammatory disease goes a long way in how you manage it. In essence you should rarely have to use a rescue inhaler like Primatine or Albuterol so long as you're on a long term control medication like Flovent, Advair, or even Xolair for those who like shots. Those medications deal with inflammation specifically. What medications you end up on depends on the severity of the disease. Seasonal asthmatics tend not to take mediations the entire year. That's for you and your doctor to discuss. As an asthmatic you do indeed need to know what your triggers are. That in itself goes a long way to prevention. Bottom line is that it's all about education, and management...

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