Drug Controller General of India Surinder Singh has advised patients with asthma and chronic bronchitis to adopt environment-friendly CFC-free inhalers.
Addressing a workshop titled "Phasing out CFC in Metered Dose Inhalers", Mr Singh said, "Environment-friendly asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases) inhalers are being introduced across the country as phasing out of CFCs has been aimed at by January 2010."
Inhalers will now use HydroFluoroAlkane (HFA) propellant following India's signature to the Montreal protocol, which calls for replacing CFCs with environment friendly alternatives. "Research has shown that the HFA solution produce very small particles which penetrate the small airway in the lung better than the older CFC formulation," Singh added.
CFC-free inhalers will not only protect the ozone, but also offer effective relief to the estimated 300 million people suffering from asthma and over 210 million suffering from COPD.