The growing cost of asthma inhalers; Americans are being ripped off according to the NY Times.
Asthma is a common problem experienced by many children and adults, and the attacks and symptoms are easily controlled by an inhaler; providing you can afford it. Most inhalers that are of name brand such as Advair often have a high co payment and the retail price can be $250 in the USA, while in other countries, the cost can be as low as $7. Are you aware that the first dose of Advair can be acquired for free and that the maker of Advair offers on line coupons to offset your deducbile? Find it here.
Of course, chiropractic has been shown to decrease the need for inhalers by decreasing the frequency of attacks through manipulation and soft tissue work which allows the ribs and the muscles we use to breathe to work more effectively.
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The Soaring Cost of a Simple Breath
OCTOBER 12, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. — The kitchen counter in the home of the Hayes family is scattered with the inhalers, sprays and bottles of pills that have allowed Hannah, 13, and her sister, Abby, 10, to excel at dance and gymnastics despite a horrific pollen season that has set off asthma attacks, leaving the girls struggling to breathe.
Asthma — the most common chronic disease that affects Americans of all ages, about 40 million people — can usually be well controlled with drugs. But being able to afford prescription medications in the United States often requires top-notch insurance or plenty of disposable income, and time to hunt for deals and bargains.
The arsenal of medicines in the Hayeses’ kitchen helps explain why. Pulmicort, asteroid inhaler, generally retails for over $175 in the United States, while pharmacists in Britain buy the identical product for about $20 and dispense it free of charge to asthma patients. Albuterol, one of the oldest asthma medicines, typically costs $50 to $100 per inhaler in the United States, but it was less than $15 a decade ago, before it was repatented.