FDA approves first generic form of a common inhaler


(WCNC) — The Food and Drug Administration Perrigo Company plc, and its partner Catalent Pharma Solutions, for the first generic form of one of the most common rescue inhalers used to treat asthma.

Approximately 26 million people in the United States have asthma.

2020年欧洲杯预测This particular rescue inhaler, the ProAir HFA or albuterol sulfate, costs upwards of $70. However the new generic could cost $30 or less.

Advertisement - Story continues below

Dr. William Alleyne says about 4-5% of the population suffers from asthma, and while most people who have it live normal lives, it can be dangerous.

2020年欧洲杯预测“It’s still fatal in about 5,000 people in the United States every year,” Dr. Alleyne said.

When asthma turns deadly, it’s usually because it goes untreated, or symptoms are ignored.

“Many times it’s patients not being able to access their medicines in a timely fashion, and a lot of that comes down to cost,” Dr. Alleyne said.

2020年欧洲杯预测Adults who make less than $15,000 are up to three times more likely to battle with asthma than adults who make more than $15,000.