Senate Dems vote for inhaler ban

Primatene Mist users have good reason today to curse Senate Democrats — as well as Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.

By a vote of 54-44, the Senate voted against an amendment to its minibus appropriations bill that would block the FDA from regulating the Primatene Mist inhaler — the only inhaler available without a prescription.

As reported by Politico,

In brief comments before the vote Tuesday morning, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) noted that “Ronald Reagan signed the treaty… and George W. Bush signed the rule,” urging colleagues to vote down the amendment.

“This amendment affects the ability of people with asthma to purchase an inhaler that works,” Boxer said, noting that The American Lung Association and the American Thoracic Society oppose the amendment.

Read Steve Milloy’s column “FDA May Make Breathing Difficult for Asthmatics”.

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