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HFA inhalers replacing generic albuterol inhalers, driving up costs

KEY POINT

Branded albuterol inhalers containing the newer and more environmentally friendly propellant hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) are as safe and effective as generic inhalers that contain the propellant chlorofluorocarbon (CFC), but they cost nearly three times as much.

SOURCES

Hendeles L et al. Withdrawal of albuterol inhalers containing chlorofluorocarbon propellants. N Engl J Med. 2007;356:1344–51.