GENERIC ALBUTEROL INHALERS SHAKE UP ASTHMA MARKET

Supermarket pharmacists expect lower costs of top-selling asthma medications this year.The first generic versions of the leading products -- Proventil and Ventolin inhalers -- are beginning to achieve market penetration after the Food and Drug Administration gave approval for generic versions of the drugs in December. Generic drugs are copies of brand-name products that have lost their patents, and

Supermarket pharmacists expect lower costs of top-selling asthma medications this year.

The first generic versions of the leading products -- Proventil and Ventolin inhalers -- are beginning to achieve market penetration after the Food and Drug Administration gave approval for generic versions of the drugs in December. Generic drugs are copies of brand-name products that have lost their patents, and typically cost far less than their brand-name counterparts. "It will be interesti

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