FDA warns of albuterol-inhaler shortages

March 20, 2006

Both chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)- and hydrofluoroalkane (HFA)-containing albuterol metered-dose inhalers have been in short supply, according to an FDA announcement. While some manufacturers have had temporary supply shortages, other companies have maintained normal production.

FDA warns of albuterol-inhaler shortages

Both chlorofluorocarbon (CFC)- and hydrofluoroalkane (HFA)-containing albuterol metered-dose inhalers have been in short supply, according to an FDA announcement. While some manufacturers have had temporary supply shortages, other companies have maintained normal production. The agency said additional supplies are anticipated over the next several weeks. In addition, the FDA noted that HFA inhalers may need to be substituted for CFC inhalers as they are phased out due to their harmful effects on the ozone layer. CFC-containing inhalers will be completely withdrawn from the market by the end of 2008.

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