Cost of asthma medication hampers care

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  • Updated: October 12, 2013 - 4:12 PM

the high cost of asthma drugs

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arspartzOct. 14, 13 1:36 AM

Albuterol, one of the oldest asthma medicines, typically costs $50 to $100 per inhaler in the United States, but it was less than $15 a decade ago, before it was repatented.

Why was it "re-patented"? The makers had to replace the cheap and plentiful propellant they had been using because it was a greenhouse gas. Changing that changed the delivery system which then had to undergo expensive FDA testing again. How many different propellants had to be tested before they found one that worked? The law of unintended consequences, the global warming scare drove up the cost of a popular and formerly inexpensive medication.

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