Note: As of May 16, 2017, GlaxoSmithKline expanded their recall. Additional lot numbers have been added below.
GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) issued a voluntary Class II recall on April 4, 2017 for three lots of Ventolin® HFA 200D Inhalers from U.S. hospitals, pharmacies, retailers and wholesalers as a precautionary measure. It is not a consumer recall.
Wow!!!! I have been fighting for three months to get my Proair inhaler back because of how Ventolin does NOT work!!! They just finally approved an override yesterday because I refused to use it anymore. At the doctors office two days ago and they made me use the Ventolin after I repeatedly said no. It didn't help and I was immediately back at the pharmacy trying to get my other inhaler back... I've gone over three months without a decent inhaler because of this. I am furious!! I have been...
Kirsten - If patients have questions regarding a Ventolin HFA unit, or wish to know if their inhaler is included in the recall, they may contact GSK’s Customer Service Center at 1-888-825-5249, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 5:30 pm ET. Heather - that is frustrating. I've heard other say that one works better than the other for them even though they are the same medication. And it's different for each person - not all saying that one brand works and the other does not.
I called the numbered for GlaxoSmithKline and they are charging .69 cents to $1.69 per minute for the call! Why would anybody need to pay a company to get information on this recall?? What's up with this nonsense and is this a real recall??
This is a real recall put out by the FDA - but many pharmacies did not receive it. One option is to print out the FDA recall press release and take it to the pharmacy. They can call GSK as a medical representative. I tried calling and didn't get anything about being charged for the call. What option did you choose?
I do apologize! I switched a number around. Thanks for getting back to me so quickly. I moved recently and my pharmacy is in another state. I will see what I can do to get another prescription sent to me. Thanks
We reached out to GlaxoSmithKline today and they have provided this information for us: "In response to some of the questions raised on this forum, any person with concerns about this voluntary recall, or if you believe you have an inhaler from an affected lot, please contact the GSK Response Center for instructions. This call is free of charge. The lot numbers affected by the recall are Lot 5ZP1708 and Lot 5ZP1951. Please do not go directly to your pharmacy without calling the Response...
I have suffered with asthma for 40 years now. I have used Ventolin for at least 35 years. I am no longer able to get ventolin as I am told by the pharmacy it is on "back order" I have tried proair and a generic ventolin called apotex. NEITHER of these work for me. At 50.00 a pop ( that is with insurance) it is very expensive to try these new inhalers only to find they don't work as well as Ventolin. GSK..... Please bring back Ventolin !!!!! This is not like it is an elective drug...... I...
Have you tried calling around to different pharmacies? Because of the recall it probably put the stock on back order. The same thing happened to my daughter's medication and I had to sit and call every pharmacy til I found one that happened to have some in stock. Good luck.
The Proair doesn't work for me but works for my daughter. Everyone is different. Unfortunately the insurance companies will NOT approve the medicines that asthmatics need even though our life depends on them. Diabetics have the same problem. If the government wants to change anything, it's how asthmatics are treated by insurance companies!
Hi Laura, We are contacting GlaxoSmithKline to get more information about this recall. In the meantime, call your pharmacy and/or doctor to ask them about getting a new inhaler. If they are unaware of the recall, let them know it was listed in the FDA Enforcement Report for the Week of December 16. It is a Class II recall that was initiated on December 3, 2015. We will update our blog and Facebook page as soon as we have more information. Thank you!
UPDATE from GlaxoSmithKline: "Based on the questions you seem to be receiving, it’s important to point out that the voluntary retail-level recall affects only two lots of Ventolin HFA, in the US. The recall does not extend beyond the US. The lot numbers are 5ZP1708 and 5ZP1951, which were distributed only in the US market. Please note that lot number 5ZP1708 was manufactured on 07 July 2015, with an expiry date of December 2016. Lot 5ZP1951 was manufactured on 22 August 2015 with an expiry...
I can only use the Ventolin and the Ins. won't cover it now and gave me Pro Air and it doesn't work for me! Now I don't have an inhaler that works and I'm 66 with Asthma and Bronchitis and a heart condition. The Ins. doesn't care if you drop dead! My doctor did a prior authorization for the Ventolin and they denied because it's not on the formulary list anymore! My cousin said to contact the manufacturer. Does anyone know if that works? I can't afford over $56 for one inhaler since on...
Hi Carrottop50, I'm sorry that is happening. Is your doctor willing to appeal the denial? You can try contacting the manufacturer also. There are resources in our blog post, What to Do If You Can't Afford Your Asthma Medicines , that explain more.
Welcome, Carrottop50 ... I agree with Allison that the blog post What to Do If You Can't Afford Your Asthma Medicines can give you some other ideas. Also, does your pharmacist or doctor recommend that you use a spacer with the newly prescribed inhaler? If so, I would try it before you give up on the inhaler. Several of our members have talked about how spacers really help to get the medication down into your lungs.
I'm severely allergic to peanuts and cannot use proair. Pro air is manufacture it on the line that has peanut contamination. Whereas ventilon isn't. I am on social security and I cannot afford that price. However maybe it's the part D drug plan you have. If you were to change up you might be able to get it covered. Or your doctor should be getting samples .my doc provides me with samples .
Hi @Je720768 - Welcome to AAFA's asthma support community. I'm glad that your doctor is able to provide you with samples of the Ventolin. Stop by our support forums and tell us about your asthma triggers and how you manage to avoid them. I know that can be a challenge for many of our members.
I had to have my sister send me money to get the Ventolin inhaler that I need. I told my doctor off since he wouldn't do the appeal and said that I could pay for it! I'm getting a new doctor! My doctor I had for 14yrs. Would have done the appeal, but she stopped practicing to teach. So this guy took over and he's lazy and horrible and doesn't do anything! I have one refill left and will have to pay for it, unless the new doctor does the prior authorazation and does it right. On Apr 5, 2017...
Hi @Carrottop50 , sorry to hear that your medicine is no longer covered and that the doctor is unwilling to help with an appeal. We have a couple of resources that might you: What to Do If You Can't Afford Your Asthma Medicines Health Insurance 101 for People With Asthma and Allergies (Video and Resources) I'd also like to invite you to our asthma forums where you can connect with others for support.
I got a new doctor and he did the prior authorization correctly and It was still denied. They want to know why I can't use it.I left a message for my doctor to do the appeal and tell them it doesn't work for me.I'm still using the inhaler that my sister sent me the money for. I still have to use my inhaler in hot weather here in Az. It's 115 and tomorrow 117 and we've had dangerously hot weather. We already broke the record of 120 from 23 yrs.ago. I stayed in for 2 weeks because dangerous...
@Carrottop50 , that's scary and frustrating. Kathy P mentioned this blog post below, so you may have already checked it out. But if you haven't, definitely read up on What to Do If You Can't Afford Your Asthma Medicines .
@Carrottop50 That's really frustrating. I've run into issues where the insurance still denied coverage on a med even after the doc submitted the proper documentation. I'm currently fighting to get a nose spray covered. The one I want (had samples) works better than the others I've tried. Have you contacted the insurance company to ask if there is further documentation they need? What is the appeals process? Is there a patient advocate you can speak with? Has the doc considered trying the...
I want Beconase or Qnasl for my nose. I used Beconase CFC on and off from about 1975-2005 and it was always miracle. They discontinued it! Now they exclude it. It's a new trend I was reading that started about a year ago. You have to appeal for medical necessity, anyone done this successfully for INS (inhaled nasal steroids?) There is a lot of research saying untreated allergic rhinitis increases chance of hospital visit for asthma significantly.
I finally got my inhaler after my new doctor did the appeal!! It took alot of months and I kept calling and finally got results! On Aug 18, 2017 8:57 AM, "Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America" < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Thanks! I've never had it take 6 months or more and was very stressful, but I thank God that I finally got it since I need it everytime I go outside! I'll keep praying that all of you get the results you need! On Aug 19, 2017 6:18 AM, "Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America" < email@example.com> wrote:
@5dr80 that sounds really frustrating and I'm sorry you are having so much trouble getting information. You can call GSK's company’s response center: 1-888-825-5249 and should be able to sort things out for you.
@Concerned , I hear your frustration about being on a fixed income. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America is not associated with GlaxoSmithKline who is the manufacturer of the Ventolin inhaler. We are a non-profit organization, and we are reporting this recall to inform people with asthma who rely on this medication. Please call GlaxoSmithKline's response center at 1-888-825-5249 and speak to their representative. AAFA's blog post about What to Do If You Can't Afford Your Asthma...
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