Do you have asthma?
If you do and you’ve been using over-the-counter inhalers, go to the nearest drugstore and buy as many of those inhalers as you can.
The Obama administration will ban them on December 31, after which you’ll have to use prescription inhalers that will cost $10 to $40 more.
Mark Hemingway writes for The Weekly Standard, Sept 23, 2011:
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.
The Atlantic’s Megan McArdle, an asthma sufferer, noted that when consumers are forced to use environmentally friendly products they are almost always worse:
- Every low-flow toilet in her recently renovated rental house clogs at least once a week.
- Energy-efficient dryers, even on high, don’t do the job — McArdle has to run every load through the dryer in her rental house twice.
- Her head hurts from the glare emitting from her bedroom lamp’s compact flourescent bulbs.
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