Primatene Mist On Its Way Out

ATLANTA — An official of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reminded retailers yesterday that they will no longer be permitted to sell epinephrine metered-dose asthma inhalers — sold over-the-counter as Primatene Mist — as of Dec. 31, 2011.

ATLANTA — An official of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency reminded retailers yesterday that they will no longer be permitted to sell epinephrine metered-dose asthma inhalers — sold over-the-counter as Primatene Mist — as of Dec. 31, 2011.

The reason for the ban is that Primatene Mist uses the chemical CFC-12, which is an ozone-depleting substance, as a “puffing” agent when sprayed.

The Food and Drug Administration has determined that Primatene Mist is no longer

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