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Sep 23, 2011, 08:56 PM
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Obama Administration Set to Ban Asthma Inhalers Over Environmental Concerns

Asthma patients who rely on over-the-counter inhalers will need to switch to prescription-only alternatives as part of the federal government's latest attempt to protect the Earth's atmosphere.
The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday patients who use the epinephrine inhalers to treat mild asthma will need to switch by Dec. 31 to other types that do not contain chlorofluorocarbons, an aerosol substance once found in a variety of spray products.
The action is part of an agreement signed by the U.S. and other nations to stop using substances that deplete the ozone layer, a region in the atmosphere that helps block harmful ultraviolet rays from the Sun.
But the switch to a greener inhaler will cost consumers more. Epinephrine inhalers are available via online retailers for around $20, whereas the alternatives, which contain the drug albuterol, range from $30 to $60.

Sep 23, 2011, 09:03 PM
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Nice. I'm sure inhalers are a real, real big problem for the environment.

I do not recall this law being passed in a legislative session. It appears someone or someones are abusing the Constitutional process and allowing unelected persons to write and impose laws which have never been debated by representatives. Nah, that couldn't be it. Who would do such a thing.
Sep 23, 2011, 09:34 PM
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Sep 23, 2011, 11:00 PM
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An asthma inhaler is roughly equivalent to a chicken fart in terms of the environment no matter what the propellant. Do you have evidence that the propellant in these is freon? I'd be surprised if it were. You'd have to prove it to me. Get busy.
Sep 23, 2011, 11:10 PM
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OB-1 inhales... we know this... and sometimes he speaks to bridges and proclaims we need to pass the bill now...
Sep 23, 2011, 11:47 PM
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There's probably more uncontained freon escaping from the AC and refrigerators in junk yards than all the asthma inhalers to be used in the next 50 years.
Sep 24, 2011, 12:28 AM
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I'd bet more adverse environmental impact is caused by cremating or burying someone who dies of an asthma attack than by them averting death by using an inhaler.
Sep 24, 2011, 12:37 AM
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Originally Posted by arbilab
An asthma inhaler is roughly equivalent to a chicken fart in terms of the environment no matter what the propellant. Do you have evidence that the propellant in these is freon? I'd be surprised if it were. You'd have to prove it to me. Get busy.
Tell it to the EPA pal. You have to be Section 608 certified to buy CFCs, even if you want them to propel your medicines. Hooray for the Montreal Protocol!
Sep 24, 2011, 01:46 AM
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Sep 24, 2011, 04:34 AM
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They have tried this in the past. Talk about getting almost ran out of town last time. I guess their memory is short with Obummer in office.
Maybe they decided they don't have to run as fast, if the asthma people don't have inhalers.
Sep 24, 2011, 04:38 AM
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This administration is inhaling something.
Sep 24, 2011, 04:57 AM
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The theory of CFC reaching and destroying the ozone layer located high in the atmosphere is just that, an unproven theory. Somehow, CFC molecules weighing four to eight times as much as air molecules are supposed to find their way aloft to the ozone layer. In reality, most CFC escaping into the atmosphere falls to the surface of the earth, where bacteria that consume naturally produced CFCs, decompose them within a few days or few weeks.

Khalil, Aslam and R. A. Rasmussen, 1989, “The Potential of Soils as a Sink of Chlorofluorocarbons and Other Man-Made Chlorocarbons,” Geophysical Research Letters, Vol 16, No. 7, July 1989, pp. 679-82

Khalil and Rasmussen, 1990, “The Influence of Termites on Atmospheric Trace Gases,” Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 95, No. D-4, March 20, 1990, pp. 3619-34

Khalil, Rasmussen and M. Y. French, 1989, “Emissions of Trace Gases From Chinese Rice Fields and Biogas Generators,” Chemosphere, 1989, Vol. 20, No. 1-2, pp. 207-66
Sep 24, 2011, 06:57 AM
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I think they should do away with the inhalers and just use medicated cigarettes instead.

Why are CFCs in inhalers for people with asthma ?.
Sep 24, 2011, 10:07 AM
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My God, when will the INSANITY coming out of DC end! Everyday its something else!
Sep 24, 2011, 10:17 AM
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The BATF has just been caught dumping inhalers in Tijuana..

In a program called "Serious Wheezer" the Justice department intended to discover the link between Big-Pharm and the unregulated Mexican auto upholstery business.

Asthma inhalers and signed notes excusing students from gym class were air dropped from black painted C-130s all last month.

The operations intent was to "see what would happen"

Another Obama success.... thinking outside the box... change!!!

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