Price Of Asthma Inhalers Skyrockets

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Asthma patients- get ready for sticker shock. You're going to pay a lot more for your inhaler beginning January 1st.

The government is ordering albuterol inhalers to be pulled from the shelves at the end of the year. The ingredient used to spray the medicine is hurting the ozone layer. The replacement inhalers will still have the main ingredient albuterol in them, but a different propellant.

The problem.. the new medicine is twice as expensive.

"Sometimes they'll only allow one on insurance, OK, but they will turn around and say can I buy two or three on their own just to have them in stock?" said pharmacist Ricky Tejeda.

Customers are gathering up as many inhalers as they can before the price goes up.

The new medicine may feel different when you breathe it in, but pharmacists say it will work just the same.

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