Primatene Mist

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Primatene Mist
Launch year1963
CompanyArmstrong Pharmaceuticals
AvailabilityUntil 2012
Current supplierAmphastar Pharmaceuticals
 
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Primatene Mist
Launch year1963
CompanyArmstrong Pharmaceuticals
AvailabilityUntil 2012
Current supplierAmphastar Pharmaceuticals

Primatene Mist is a trade name for an epinephrine metered-dose inhaler sold over-the-counter in the United States for the relief of bronchial asthma. It is manufactured by Armstrong Pharmaceuticals,[1] a company based in Canton, Massachusetts and a subsidiary of Amphastar Pharmaceuticals, located in Rancho Cucamonga, California.[2]

Because Primatene Mist contains chlorofluorocarbon, it can no longer be prescribed or sold.[3] This ban was unsuccessfully challenged in the United States Senate in November 2011.[4]

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History

The bronchodilator brand Primatene Mist was introduced in 1963 by Armstrong Pharmaceuticals.[5] In October 2003, Armstrong was bought by Amphastar Pharmaceuticals.[1] In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Primatene Mist inhalers, which contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), failed to comply with the environmental regulations of the Montreal Protocol and therefore could not be manufactured or sold after December 31, 2011.[3] Armstrong Pharmaceuticals is currently developing an HFA version of Primatene Mist to replace the CFC inhalers. [6]

Legislation authored by Senator Jim DeMint to overturn the ban was defeated by the Senate in November 2011.[7]

OTC Alternatives

None.

References

  1. ^ a b Background from the Armstrong Pharmaceuticals website
  2. ^ Products from the Amphastar Pharmaceuticals website
  3. ^ a b Saundra Young (September 22, 2011). "No more Primatene Mist in the U.S. after this year". The Chart (blog) (CNN). http://thechart.blogs.cnn.com/2011/09/22/no-more-primatene-mist-in-the-u-s-after-this-year/. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  4. ^ "DeMint Tries to Halt Ban on Over-the-Counter Asthma Inhaler". Fox News. October 18, 2011. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/10/18/demint-tries-to-halt-ban-on-over-counter-asthma-inhaler/. 
  5. ^ "Frequent Asked Questions". Armstrong Pharmaceuticals. http://www.primatene.com/faq/answers.asp. Retrieved 2011-09-22. "Primatene® Mist was launched in 1963. The Primatene® Mist brand has built a long-time heritage for over-the-counter relief of bronchial asthma." 
  6. ^ http://www.primatene.com/doc/PressRelease07-27-2011.pdf
  7. ^ "DeMint Tries to Halt Ban on Over-the-Counter Asthma Inhaler". Fox News. October 18, 2011. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/10/18/demint-tries-to-halt-ban-on-over-counter-asthma-inhaler/. 

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