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!
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...
Hi, William! I would talk to your doctor about receiving the flu shot. I know my doctor encourages me to get a flu shot every year. You can get a flu vaccine that is NOT live. Here's what the CDC says about the flu vaccine :
Hi @William - it's the Flumist nasal flu vaccine that has the live virus. The flu shots do not. It's always good to discuss with your own doctor what treatment is best for you. Are you always on Prednisone? Or just when you have an asthma flare?
Up until 2 weeks ago, I took prednisone only for a cold or flu symptoms . Also I had started on Stiolto 3 months ago, replacing Alvesco and Spiriva. My doctor recommended the change. I should have researched it. I had used Symbicort, then Advair, then Breo all with the same results: quite pronounced chest pains after a few weeks on the new med. The first time resulted in extensive testing, focusing on potential heart problems, but with numerous other tests for physical, chemical, even...
William, that's a tough road you've had to travel to figure out what was causing the chest pains. Here's hoping that your doctor can help you figure out the next step. In the meantime, feel free to post a new topic or join in on our online support community.
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" < email@example.com> wrote:
Yes, Jen's exactly right. Plus, the Centers for Disease Control says this about who should get the flu shot: My DH isn't a fan of shots, but he gets his shot every year to help protect me and our daughter -- side benefit is that he hasn't gotten the flu himself since he started getting an annual flu shot. Could you talk to your doctor about what your doctor's recommendation is for flu shots when it comes to your particular family? Your doctor will know your situation best.
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