Old Inhalers

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Can you explain to me why my old albuterol inhaler is being removed from the market?

Answer

Older-style albuterol inhalers were most likely removed from the market due to the presence of chloroflourocarbon (CFC) propellant. Every inhaler, old and new, contains a propellant which is used to move the medication through the device. Chloroflourocarbon (CFC) is a propellant commonly used in older inhalers. CFC has been proven to harm the ozone layer and the environment. Thus the FDA decided to discontinue its use in inhalers, including former albuterol inhalers. The new albuterol inhalers now use a different propellant-hydroflouroalkane (HFA), which is not harmful to the ozone layer.

 

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