The Ozone is Falling, the Ozone is Falling!
Global warming is real. Also, I understand the critical role of the ozone layer in protecting life on earth from harmful ultraviolet radiation. Both of these important issues are the direct result of human activities, primarily the byproducts of the combustion of fossil fuels, although chlorinated fluorocarbons (CFCs) from refrigeration units are also implicated. I have no problem with these scientific assertions.
Here's the thing, though: the generic albuterol inhaler -- an effective, cheap, useful medication for which I write dozens of prescriptions a month -- is being discontinued because the propellant contains CFCs!
CUT ME A BREAK!!
Are they trying to tell us that all those little itty bitty inhalers with their few grams of propellant apiece are somehow so dangerous to the environment that they need to be banned, while the SUVs and Hummers -- you know, the ones with the giant internal combustion engines burning fossil fuels -- our patients are driving to the drugstores to pick up their replacement prescriptions for brand name inhalers that use environmentally friendly CFC-free propellants (but don't seem to work as well, even after patients become accustomed to the lesser "whoosh") are NO BIG DEAL?
Oh; did I mention that because the CFC-free inhalers aren't generics, they're much more expensive? Gee. What a lucky break for the companies that happen to manufacture them. Just another example of the haves further increasing their lead over the have-nots on the backs of all of us.
Please excuse me while I go plotz.