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FDA Advice, What Does This Mean For Asthmatics?

FDA Advisory to switch to HFA propelled quick-relief (bronchodilator) asthma inhalers

Just a brief note to remind all individuals and/or family members with asthma that the US FDA requires that CFC based quick relief bronchodilator inhalers be removed from the US market by year end.If you are currently using a CFC inhaler you will need to transition prior to the ban to more environmentally friendly HFA quick relief inhalers.Bottom line: the asthma medication, a rescue bronchodilator, is exactly the same and is not changing, only the propellant that pushes the medication out of the canister inhaler when you inhale will be different.

Many of my patients, in fact, probably almost all of them have already made the switch to HFA.Go to www.fda.gov/cder/mdi/albuterol.htmfor more detailed information about this.

Make it an opportunity to review a day to day asthma action plan with your provider or asthma specialist.

Dr. Clifford W. Bassettis an assistant clinical professor of medicine at the Long Island College Hospital and on the faculty of NYU School of Medicine.He is the current vice chair for public education committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. No information in this blog is intended to diagnose or treat any condition.

Dr. Clifford Bassett is an adult and pediatric allergy specialist, and diplomate of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He is the medical director of Allergy and Asthma Care of NY and author of "The New Allergy Solution: Super-Charge Resistance, Slash Medication, Stop Suffering." Bassett is a clinical assistant professor of medicine and on the teaching faculty of NYU School of Medicine and NYU Langone Medical Center, and faculty at Cornell University Medical College. Follow him on Twitter.