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.
Isn’t that wonderful? Punishing those with asthma, forcing them to take more time to go to the doctor for a prescription (which costs money), then going to the drug store and paying more for inhalers that help them breathe better. But, don’t worry, asthma sufferers, Obama cares about you, and just wants to save you from Globull Warming. Also, says The Weekly Standards Greg Hemingway
Well, tough cookies asthma sufferers! You should have written bigger checks to the Democratic party while you had the chance.
The Atlantic’s Megan McArdle, an asthma sufferer, points out that these kinds of regulations almost always lead to worse products.
Anthony Watts says “let the inhaler hoarding begin!” and wonders if the American Lung Association will come out with a new ad campaign against this regulation. I wonder about that two, considering they are freaking out over not enacting globull warming legislation which makes infants in red carriages cough. How about those with asthma, ALA?
Can we really blame this on
Bush Obama though? The original backstop to this was the Montreal Protocol in 1989, as Allahpundit points out, and that the FDA was considering this change in 2008. Yup, Bush was president then. Of course, as the liberal talking point went after 9/11 “who’s President now?!” The actual regulation will go into affect while Obama is president, and he could, as Chief Incompetent Executive, stop this now. I suggest that Congress pass a law that requires all Executive office buildings thermostats to be locked down, hooked to a central control system, and kept at 80 in the summer, and 60 in the winter. Let Obama put his money where his climate change hoax mouth is.