Millions of asthma sufferers are at risk of fatal attacks because pharmaceutical company PULLS Flovent – the most commonly used inhaler

Millions of Americans could soon be without life-saving drugs after a pharmaceutical giant announced it was pulling its drug from store shelves.

Flovent, the most commonly prescribed inhaler for asthma patients, will no longer be available in pharmacies from January 1.

Drug manufacturer GSK announced that it is discontinuing its branded inhaler and producing an authorized generic version.

The generic drug is an identical version of Flovent, which is taken daily to prevent asthma symptoms, GSK said.

About 27 million Americans suffer from asthma — and most rely on Flovent to prevent attacks that can land them in the hospital.

Drug manufacturer GSK announced that it is discontinuing its branded inhaler and producing an authorized generic version.

Drug manufacturer GSK announced that it is discontinuing its branded inhaler and producing an authorized generic version.

However, doctors have warned that patients may struggle to use the alternative because insurers are not required to cover generic versions of some drugs.

It means that some patients may have to wait for a completely new prescription.

Health care experts have also criticized the timing of the drugmaker’s policy change: the change comes just as respiratory viruses that are deadly to asthmatics are on the rise across the country.

Dr. Robyn Cohen, director of the Children’s Pulmonary and Allergy Clinic at Boston Medical Center, said CNNFlovent has been the most commonly used inhaler for nearly three decades.

Flovent is the most commonly prescribed inhaler - but as of January 1st, patients will not be able to use it

Flovent is the most commonly prescribed inhaler – but as of January 1st, patients will not be able to use it

He said: That is what pediatricians overwhelmingly achieve when they decide that their patient needs daily preventive medication…

“The fact that it’s going to stop is going to be a huge shock to the system for patients, families and doctors.

Additionally, patients who have been using the drug for years may find themselves unable to fill prescriptions because insurance companies are reluctant to cover a new type of drug.

This could leave them vulnerable during the dangerous trifecta of flu, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and Covid that hits America.

Flovent is intended to be taken daily as a preventive measure for people with asthma. It helps stop airway swelling, making it easier for patients to breathe and reducing the body’s response to triggers that can make breathing difficult.

These triggers include colds and flu, making medication more important now than ever.

WHAT IS ASTHMA?

Asthma is a common but incurable disease that affects the small inner tubes of the lungs.

It can cause them to become inflamed or swollen, which restricts the airways and makes breathing difficult.

The disease affects people of all ages and often begins in childhood. Symptoms may improve or even disappear as children grow, but may return in adulthood.

Symptoms include wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness and coughing, and these may worsen during an asthma attack.

Treatment usually includes medicines that are inhaled to calm the lungs.

Triggers of the disease include allergies, dust, air pollution, exercise and infections such as colds or flu.

If you suspect that you or your child has asthma, you should see a doctor because it can develop into more serious complications, such as fatigue or lung infections.

Source: NHS

According to preliminary data from a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the 2023-2024 season, there have been almost 10 million cases of the flu so far, 110,000 hospitalizations due to the flu, and as many as 9,500 flu deaths.

Positive flu tests are up 13 percent and hospitalizations for the flu are on the rise, with 9,900 people admitted to hospitals this week.

The rates of all respiratory diseases have increased by five percent.

Doctor visits due to respiratory diseases are on the rise in all age groups, but the most in children under 4 years old.

Visits to the emergency clinic due to Covid have increased by almost seven percent in the last week, and receptions have increased by more than 10 percent. Covid deaths have increased by three percent.

Nearly 27 million Americans suffer from asthma, and it is the leading cause of chronic disease in children.

Asthma is a long-term disease that causes inflammation and swelling of the airways, leading to a narrowing of the passageway that carries air from the nose and mouth to the lungs.

Symptoms include breathing difficulties and shortness of breath, wheezing, cough and chest pain.

There is no cure for the disease, but daily medication to control symptoms and certain lifestyle changes can help avoid potentially life-threatening complications.

Although most people with asthma can live their daily lives normally, some people with severe forms of the disease are at risk of life-threatening exacerbations or asthma attacks.

During an asthma attack, the lining of the airways becomes severely inflamed, the mucus blocks the airways and the muscles tighten around the airways, which makes breathing difficult and stressful.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that in 2021, the most recent data available, 9.8 million people had an asthma attack, including 1.8 million children and 8 million adults.

And every day in the United States, 5,000 people go to the emergency room for asthma and 11 people die.

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