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Green Asthma Inhalers
The CFC-free options: GlaxoSmithKline's Ventolin HFA, Schering Plough's Proventil HFA and Teva Specialty Pharmaceuticals' ProAir HFA all contain albuterol. Also, Sepracor's Xopenex HFA contains the similar medication levalbuterol. The most-used daily medications to prevent asthma attacks already are CFC-free, and all albuterol inhalers – the kind used to treat attacks – must be by Dec. 31. The Food and Drug Administration has proposed December 2009 as the deadline for seven prescription-only inhalers to either go CFC-free or quit selling. They include: •Cromolyn and nedocromil, a separate family of drugs used to prevent wheezing, often in connection with allergy exposure. •Combivent, a combination of albuterol and ipratropium commonly used by patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD. •Two additional quick-acting alternatives to albuterol, metaproterenol and pirbuterol. •And two corticosteroids, inflammation-reducing drugs, called flunisolide and triamcinolone. Also, December 2011 is FDA's final deadline for a nonprescription CFC-containing inhaler, epinephrine, to end sales or go CFC-free.
People's Pharmacy
Contact: Joe or Teresa Graedon
Graedon Enterprises (Dept. FHR)
P.O. Box 52027
Durham, NC 27717-2027
For home remedies one could order: "Favorite Home Remedies From The People's Pharmacy." They have collected many fascinating stories, from cherry juice for joint pain and Listerine for lice to mustard for muscle cramps. Anyone who would like a copy may send $12.95 (plus $3.95 S&H) to: Graedon Enterprises (Dept. FHR), P.O. Box 52027, Durham, NC 27717-2027. It also can be ordered online at www.peoplespharmacy.com.