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Primatene Mist Inhalers will not be Available Beginning 2012

Primatene Mist Inhalers will no longer be available after December 31, 2011. Contact your healthcare professional to decide what type of medication and treatment is best for you to control your asthma.

These inhalers use chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) to move the dose of medication out of the inhaler for the patient to breathe into his or her lungs. CFCs are being phased out of use in the United States and many other countries because they damage the Earth's ozone layer and harm the environment.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • If you use a Primatene Mist inhaler, see a healthcare professional to get another medicine for your asthma.
  • Make your change to another medicine or treatment soon since Primatene Mist may be harder to find near the end of the year.
  • Learn how to use and clean your new inhaler or other medicine.
  • If you haven’t used up your Primatene Mist by December 31, check the expiration date on the product and its packaging. If the product has not expired, it’s safe to continue to use it.

More information is available at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Web site at: [PDF - 1.09 MB]


Data & Surveillance

Percents by Age, Sex, and Race, United States, 2012. Age: Child = 9.3%, Adult =  8.0%, Sex: Male = 7.0%, Female =  9.5%, Race/Ethnicity: White =  8.1%, Black =  11.9%, Hispanic =  7%. Source: National Health Interview Survey, National Center for Health Statistics, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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