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Are You Concerned About the Shortage of Albuterol Inhalers? We’d Like to Help…

The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) has reported that some areas around the country are experiencing shortages in albuterol inhalers. The shortage will probably spread throughout the U.S. News updated on April 9, 2020: https://acaai.org/news/message-asthma-sufferers-about-shortage-albuterol-metered-dose-inhalers.

A shortage of medications in the USA does not mean patients are stuck.  Americans have access to trusted sources of these medications. 


There are plenty of Canadian International Pharmacy Association (CIPA) certified online pharmacies such as CheapoMeds that can provide safety and affordable medications from trusted sources around the world.

What is the albuterol inhaler?

Albuterol is a bronchodilator, a medication that relaxes muscles in the airway, that is important for those who suffer from asthma. Albuterol inhalers provide quick-relief of symptoms of asthma exacerbation such as wheezing and shortness of breath.

Why there is an albuterol shortage?

It is not a production problem. The shortage is a result of an increased demand since hospitals are using inhalers rather than nebulizers to treat COVID-19 patients due to lower risk of spreading the virus through inhalers. 

What consumers should do?

  1. Check Your Supply, and Do Not Panic

If people with asthma do encounter the shortage, the ACAAI has emphasized that they should not panic. Before running to the pharmacy, patients need to check their existing supply.

Dr. J. Allen Meadows says an inhaler does not need to be completely full to be an adequate supply for the next few months. “If you look at your inhaler – and albuterol inhalers have 200 whiffs – and you’ve got more than 100, you’ve got enough.” 

  • Use Controller Meds

Ensure your patient’s asthma/COPD is well controlled by their controller medication in order to minimize the usage of reliever or rescue medication. The controller inhaler, taken daily, treats underlying inflammation and reduces or eliminates asthma flare-ups. 

The CDC and the ACAAI president both emphasize taking medications exactly as prescribed to keep asthma under control. 

  • Do Not Overuse Your Albuterol 

Do not buy more medication than usual to help ensure that all patients continue to have access to the medications they need and to help prevent drug shortages.

  • Role for Expired Albuterol  

In its March 20 statement, the ACAAI suggested that, if necessary, asthma patients can use an expired albuterol inhaler, since it will likely still be at least partially effective.

  • Ask Your Doctor and Consult Your Pharmacist if an alternative is needed. 

The scarcity of albuterol inhalers is “spotty” across the U.S. so far. If an asthma patient isn’t able to get the albuterol inhaler they need, there are other options. 

Dr. J. Allen Meadows says that brands such as Symbicort and Dulera, while labeled by the FDA as controller medications, can be used as immediate relievers. The active ingredient, formoterol is in other parts of the world used as both a fast-acting and a long-acting reliever. Formoterol is also an appropriate substitute for kids, if needed. These medicines are not being used for COVID-19 patients, so they should not be in short supply.

There are also medications that combine albuterol with ipratropium. These medications are typically used to treat patients with COPD. But he says they can be used to treat asthma

  • Call online pharmacies certified by CIPA

CIPA (Canadian International Pharmacy Association)is a Canadian association of licensed, retail pharmacies, which sell pharmaceuticals and maintenance medications (but not controlled substances) in 30 to 90-day quantities to both Canadian and U.S. citizens.

Each CIPA pharmacy member is licensed and regulated by the government for safety. CIPA sells prescription drugs made by the leading name-brand manufacturers at prices up to 80 percent less than U.S.

Including such global companies as Pfizer, Merck, Eli Lilly and many others. These pharmaceuticals are tested and proven to be safe. In fact, CIPA has provided pharmaceuticals to more than ten million U.S. patients since the organization’s founding in 2002, with a perfect safety record.

What albuterol inhaler products could CheapoMeds provide?

  1. Ventolin Inhaler

Brand Product

Brand name in the U.S: Proventil, Ventolin, ProAir, Accuneb

Strength: 100mcg (90mcg)

Generic ingredients: Albuterol (Salbutamol Sulfate)

Product of Canada, France and United Kingdom – Manufactured by Glaxo Smith Kline

Brand Product

Brand name in the U.S: Proventil, Ventolin, ProAir, Accuneb

Strength: 100mcg

Generic ingredients: Albuterol (Salbutamol Sulfate)

Product of Canada – Manufactured by Valeant Canada

Brand Product

Brand name in the U.S: Proventil, Ventolin, ProAir, Accuneb

Strength: 100mcg (90mcg)

Generic ingredients: Albuterol (Salbutamol Sulfate)

Product of United Kingdom – Manufactured by Teva UK Limited

Generic Product

Brand name in the U.S: Proventil, Ventolin, ProAir, Accuneb

Strength: 100mcg (90mcg)

Generic ingredients: Albuterol (Salbutamol Sulfate)

Product of Canada – Manufactured by various generic manufacturers

Generic Product

Brand name in the U.S: Proventil, Ventolin, ProAir, Accuneb

Strength: 100mcg (90mcg)

Generic ingredients: Albuterol (Salbutamol Sulfate)

Product of India – Manufactured by various generic manufacturers

Generic Product

Brand name in the U.S: Proventil, Ventolin, ProAir, Accuneb

Strength: 100mcg (90mcg)

Generic ingredients: Albuterol (Salbutamol Sulfate)

Product of Turkey – Manufactured by various generic manufacturers

Generic Product

Brand name in the U.S: Proventil, Ventolin, ProAir, Accuneb

Strength: 100mcg (90mcg)

Generic ingredients: Albuterol (Salbutamol Sulfate)

Product of United Kingdom – Manufactured by various generic manufacturers

Brand Product

Brand name in the U.S: Ventolin Nebules

Strength: 1mg/1mL, 2mg/mL

Generic ingredients: Albuterol (Salbutamol Sulfate)

Product of Canada – Manufactured by Glaxo Smith Kline

Generic Product

Brand name in the U.S: Ventolin Nebules

Strength: 2.5mg/1mL

Generic ingredients: Albuterol (Salbutamol Sulfate)

Product of United Kingdom – Manufactured by various generic manufacturers

  1. Combivent Respimat

Brand Product

Brand name in the U.S: Combivent

Strength: 20mcg/100mcg

Generic ingredients: Albuterol (Salbutamol Sulfate), Ipratropium Bromide

Product of Canada – Manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim

  1. Combivent UDV

Brand Product

Brand name in the U.S: Duoneb

Strength: 0.5mg/2.5mg/2.5mL

Generic ingredients: Albuterol (Salbutamol Sulfate), Ipratropium Bromide

Product of Canada, France and United Kingdom – Manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim

  1. Ipratropium/Salbutamol UDV

Generic Product

Brand name in the U.S: Duoneb

Strength: 0.5mg/2.5mg/2.5mL

Generic ingredients: Albuterol (Salbutamol Sulfate), Ipratropium Bromide

Product of Canada – Manufactured by various generic manufacturers

This article is sponsored by CheapoMeds. If you have questions about your prescription medications or any other medication, please contact our team at CheapoMeds by calling toll free 1-844-4CHEAPO (424-3276). One of our patient representatives will be happy to assist you or transfer you to a licensed Canadian pharmacist for a free consultation.

This article contains medical information provided to help you better understand this particular medical condition or process, and may contain information about medication often used as part of a treatment plan prescribed by a doctor.  It is not intended to be used as either a diagnosis or recommendation for treatment of your particular medical situation.  If you are unwell, concerned about your physical or mental state, or are experiencing symptoms you should speak with your doctor or primary health care provider. If you are in medical distress please contact emergency services (such as 911).

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