LOS ANGELES (CBS) — It could get much more difficult to breathe in 2012 for millions in the Southland who suffer from asthma.

Federal regulators will begin phasing out Primatene Mist in the new year after the over-the-counter inhalers were found to disperse a chemical that could affect the ozone layer.

An estimated 1.25 million children and adults in Los Angeles County suffer from asthma or asthma-related symptoms.

One Food and Drug Administration official said people who use the inhaler should consult their physician for alternative treatments.

“Certainly if patients haven’t seen a health care provider, they should go as soon as they can,” said Dr. Sally Seymour of the FDA.

The product already comes with a warning of its unavailability after December 31 for “some time now”, added Seymour.

Many doctors, however, have expressed little concern with the changes, as they believe Primatene Mist inhalers may not be the best way to treat the condition.

Comments (5)
  1. wartica says:

    These medical manufacturers need to all get together and figure out safer ways for people to breath. I’m just happy that people realized this sooner and not later :))


  2. ginny says:

    As somone who was able to stop using multiple Asthma meds over the past 4 yrs, and switch to Primatene, when this was announced earlier this year, I was not happy. After consulting with my doctor I am looking at having to go back to RX Asthma perscription. Primatene – $40.00 for about 3 months, back to RX – $385.00 per 3 months. Gotta love the envionmentalists, drug companis and the Feds.

    1. Can't catch a breath says:

      This was the best medication for my type of Asthma,the perscription meds i have now,don’t work after awhile,but i hear there will be a new primatine mist coming out with aout the cfc”s the FDA is so concerned about….

  3. rich says:

    that stuff has been around as long as i have been alive and i am 45 and they just NOW realized it has this chemical?? i call foul i think the drug companys would rather sale the much more exp RX versions then let people treat them selfs for less

  4. Dieing says:

    I have now been having a Asthma attack for 5 days straight. Im unemployed with no healthcare. I’m seriously thinking about getting a gun and robbing a pharmacy. I’m not kidding. This ban on Primatene was straight up evil. I refuse to die just to appease a bunch of tree huggers.

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