If you carry an asthma inhaler, get ready to go green in 2009. On Dec. 31, albuterol rescue inhalers will no longer be powered with chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), which damage our ozone layer. Instead of CFCs, hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) will be used.
- Expect a softer puff. You’re still getting the medicine.
- Clean the hole weekly by following the instructions that came with your inhaler, since the stickier HFA can clog up inhalers more often.
- Never get the whole device wet.
- GlaxoSmithKline’s Ventolin HFA: Get a coupon for up to $15 off.
- Schering Plough’s Proventil HFA: Apply for the SP Cares Patient Assistance Program (PDF), which helps low-income patients with no prescription drug insurance coverage.
- Teva Specialty Pharmaceuticals’ ProAir HFA: Get a discount card to save up to $100 off your next 5 prescriptions, or apply for the Teva Assistance Program if you’re a low-income patient.
- Sepracor’s Xopenex HFA: Apply for Sepracor’s Patient Assistance program if you’re a low-income patient.
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