Syndicated Cartoon Rex Morgan, M.D. Partners With AANMA to Focus on Asthma Awareness and Albuterol Inhaler Transition
August 18, 2008, FAIRFAX, Va. — In just four months, life-saving albuterol inhalers used by nearly 40 million patients with respiratory disorders will no longer be sold. That’s why, during the week of August 18, Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) is partnering with syndicated cartoon Rex Morgan, M.D. to focus its strips on the federal mandate to eliminate CFC-emitting albuterol inhalers by the end of 2008.
“A significant number of patients are not aware of the federal mandate, or how to safely go about making this change,” said Nancy Sander, president and founder of Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA). “Patients need to know that inhalers are changing, these changes are mandatory, and there are important decisions to make about treatment options that require thoughtful consideration of the patient’s medical history and current respiratory health status.”
After December 31, 2008, it will no longer be permissible to manufacture or sell albuterol inhalers in the U.S. that contain chlorofluorocarbon CFCs propellants. Most manufacturers have stopped making albuterol CFC inhalers and have increased production of hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) products; in fact, there are three albuterol and one levalbuterol HFA bronchodilator inhalers approved by FDA.
Patients with asthma, COPD and other respiratory conditions use albuterol at the first sign of symptoms, before exercise and when experiencing breathing exacerbations. Because there are significant differences between CFC and HFA inhalers, patients and medical professionals need to have the opportunity to make the switch in a medially responsible way.
“Our goal with the strip is to affect the health care decisions of our readers,” said Rex Morgan, M.D. writer Woody Wilson. “Over the years, Rex has tackled a number of important medical issues, and it’s our duty and honor to help AANMA get the word out.”
For more information about the MDI transition, please visit AANMA’s MDI Transition Web page at www.breatherville.org.
About Rex Morgan, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, written by Woody Wilson and drawn by artist Graham Nolan, Rex Morgan M.D. appears in more than 300 newspapers in North America and 14 foreign countries with an estimated 30 million readers each day. Under Mr. Wilson, Rex Morgan has tackled many compelling medical and social issues, including domestic violence, epilepsy, drug abuse, AIDS, organ transplants, asthma, sexual harassment and other contemporary issues.
Founded in 1985, Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics is the leading national nonprofit family organization dedicated to eliminating suffering and death due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. AANMA’s core areas of expertise are education, advocacy and outreach. Call 800.878.4403 or visit www.breatherville.org.