Safety Alerts & Recalls

What does this mean?

Each of the new HFA propelled inhalers is a safe and effective replacement for CFC propelled levalbuterol inhalers. Although HFA inhalers work similarly to CFC inhalers, they may taste or feel slightly different. Make sure you wash, dry, and prime the inhaler as described in the directions that come in each package. There are some differences between brands of inhalers, so you will need to follow the directions that come with your particular inhaler. If you have problems using your albuterol HFA inhaler, talk to your healthcare professional about how to correctly use the inhaler.

The new HFA inhalers may be more expensive and involve different copayments at your pharmacy. If you are having trouble paying for your HFA inhaler, talk to your healthcare professional about patient assistance programs that help patients get the medicines they need.

If you have already switched to the new HFA inhaler, please be sure to update your iGuard profile to indicate which brand of inhaler you are using.

Reminder: CFC to HFA Inhaler Transition

Due to a national phase out of products that can damage the ozone, levalbuterol (Xopenex) inhalers that contain chlorofluorocarbons, also known as CFCs, will no longer be sold in the U.S after December 31, 2008. Since the FDA first published this public advisory in May 2008, most people will have already switched to the new inhalers that contain hydrofluoroalkanes, also known as HFAs. If your inhaler is called XOPENEX HFA, you have already made the switch. If you are still using a CFC inhaler, this is a reminder that your next prescription will be filled with the new HFA inhaler.

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Source: FDA
Publication Date: 2008-12-19
Last Updated: 2009-12-05

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