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OTC Primatene Mist Returns
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The FDA has approved over-the-counter (OTC) sale of inhaled epinephrine (Primatene Mist – Amphastar), a nonselective alpha and beta agonist, for temporary relief of mild symptoms of intermittent asthma in patients ≥12 years old who have been diagnosed with mild intermittent asthma by a healthcare professional. The original version of Primatene Mist, which was approved by the FDA in 1967, was removed from the market in 2011 because the metered-dose inhaler (MDI) contained ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) propellants; the new MDI contains hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) propellants. ... more
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