Remember how Obama recently waived new ozone regulations at the EPA because they were too costly? Well, it seems that the Obama administration would rather make people with Asthma cough up money than let them make a surely inconsequential contribution to depleting the ozone layer:
Asthma patients who rely on over-the-counter inhalers will need to switch to prescription-only alternatives as part of the federal government’s latest attempt to protect the Earth’s atmosphere. The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday patients who use the epinephrine inhalers to treat mild asthma will need to switch by Dec. 31 to other types that do not contain chlorofluorocarbons, an aerosol substance once found in a variety of spray products.
The action is part of an agreement signed by the U.S. and other nations to stop using substances that deplete the ozone layer, a region in the atmosphere that helps block harmful ultraviolet rays from the Sun. But the switch to a greener inhaler will cost consumers more. Epinephrine inhalers are available via online retailers for around $20, whereas the alternatives, which contain the drug albuterol, range from $30 to $60. LINK
YOU HAVE GOT TO BE SH*TTING ME! It’s official. The Obama administration has proved once and for all that like the most radical, left-wing, environmental wacko’s, they care more about the planet than the humans that actually live on it. They also proved once again that they don’t care about LOWERING the cost or IMPROVING the quality of health care. All they care about is controlling the American people from cradle to grave.
It’s pretty frightening anymore. I am firmly in the camp with those who believe that the federal government is actually the ENEMY of the American people. It’s probably time for the states to get together and dissolve it then re-constitute it in a less powerful fashion before it’s too late. The feds have become like the BORG of Star Trek fame.
This story INFURIATES me for a couple of reasons. Number one- the girl suffered from asthmatic symptoms when she was a tike. She spent a week in the hospital once because of respiratory problems that luckily she has largely outgrown. There is no more powerless feeling than to stand there watching your kid gasping for air in a hospital bed and not be able to do anything about it.
We were fortunate that the doctors prescribed a home nebulizer that we could use to give her periodic breathing treatments. Other times she used an inhaler, like the kind soon to be outlawed by the insanity of the Obama administrations FDA. I view this ruling as a personal attack on my family’s health by an out of control government.
One of our top ten calls at work is easily for “breathing difficulty”. I remember a particular young girl who was having a severe asthma attack at school one morning. She was gasping dramatically when we arrived. We got her to calm down and put her on oxygen. We asked the school nurse if she had medicine (an inhaler) and she told us it ran out. The girl was suffocating before our eyes. I was able to get a medic unit to divert to us and the medics immediately started her on breathing treatments. They rushed her to the hospital where luckily she recovered. Luckily.
The simple fact that she ran out of her little inhaler almost cost that girl her life. When she felt wheezy a little puff was usually enough to take care of the symptoms, like millions of other people. Now Americans will have to rely on pills or very expensive replacement inhalers. (Does anyone smell a drug company payoff here?) Even more insidious is that children like that little girl will be tremendously impacted by this lunacy. One of the easiest childhood afflictions for kids to control is Asthma. It is extremely simple for most kids to learn how to use an inhaler in just a few minutes and very convenient for them to keep one on their person.
This is quite frankly immoral and disgusting. These latest rulings from an un-elected bureaucracy (the FDA) WILL lead to deaths there is no doubt in my professional mind. People will not be able to afford these more expensive inhalers, will ration their use and get a lot sicker for NO REASON except to placate liberals and their eco-green, global warming fantasies. Mother Earth is now more important that your REAL mother.
This is something EVERYONE should be calling Congress over. It’s an absolute outrage!