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Makers Of Over-the-Counter Inhaler Leading Fight To Have Product Back On Market After Removal Due To Environmental Treaty
Date:7/18/2012

WASHINGTON, July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The makers of Primatene® Mist have launched a campaign to put the over-the-counter inhaler back on the market in the United States, after it was banned because it contains a small amount of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), leaving millions of asthmatics without an over-the-counter inhaler. The "Bring Back My Primatene®" campaign will promote a Facebook group and a petition to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), encouraging the agency to allow putting the remaining supply of the over-the-counter inhaler back on the market and support federal legislation with the same objective. 

Representatives of Amphastar, the company that makes Primatene® Mist, will announce the campaign as part of a House Energy and Commerce Committee Energy and Power subcommittee hearing on the "Asthma Inhalers Relief Act of 2012". The hearing will be held on July 18, 2012 at 10:15 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Witnesses are to be determined.

The Rancho Cucamonga, California-based pharmaceutical company, Amphastar, promises that it will donate all of the net profits from the sale of the "brought back" over-the-counter inhaler (approximately $6.50 per unit of product sold) to charity.

Primatene® Mist has been used safely by millions of people for more than 46 years to help them cope with asthma related symptoms, including shortness of breath. It was the only over-the-counter inhaler available before it was banned for sale by the EPA after December 31, 2011. This was done in accordance with the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, which was signed by the United States in 1987. That treaty determined that CFCs, which include the chemical used to propel inhalants in Primat
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