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Phase-Out of Epinephrine CFC Metered-Dose Inhalers
Primatene Mist With Chlorofluorocarbons No Longer Available After Dec. 31, 2011
Epinephrine metered dose inhalers (MDIs) that contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) are being phased out and cannot be sold in the United States after December 31, 2011. Patients who use epinephrine CFC inhalers need to talk to their health care professionals and switch to another medicine before that date.
FDA: Over-the-counter asthma inhalers containing chloroflouorocarbons (CFCs) will no longer be made or sold after Dec. 31, 2011 (Press Release, Sept. 22, 2011)
- Advice to Consumers Who Use Primatene Mist
- Why are over-the-counter epinephrine CFC inhalers being phased out?
- When will epinephrine CFC inhalers be gone?
- What other inhalers can I use for my asthma?
- What should I do if I use an epinephrine CFC inhaler?
- The albuterol HFA inhalers cost more than the epinephrine CFC inhalers. What can I do if it's hard for me to pay for an HFA inhaler?
Information for Health Professionals
Information for Industry
- Final Rule for Removal of Essential-Use Designation for Epinephrine14
- Final Rule - Use of Ozone-Depleting Substances: Removal of Essential-Use Designations15
Letter Regarding Phase-out of Epinephrine CFC MDIs Educating the Public About Removal of Essential-Use Designation for Epinephrine[ARCHIVED] Public Meeting on Essential Uses of Ozone Depleting Substances, December 5, 2007