Monday, September 26, 2011

How they do it at the Weekly Standard:

They have a story taking the Obama administration to task, and excerpt an MSNBC article:
Obama Administration Set to Ban Asthma Inhalers Over Environmental Concerns
3:00 PM, Sep 23, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY

Remember how Obama recently waived new ozone regulations at the EPA because they were too costly? Well, it seems that the Obama administration would rather make people with Asthma cough up money than let them make a surely inconsequential contribution to depleting the ozone layer:
Asthma patients who rely on over-the-counter inhalers will need to switch to prescription-only alternatives as part of the federal government's latest attempt to protect the Earth's atmosphere.

The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday patients who use the epinephrine inhalers to treat mild asthma will need to switch by Dec. 31 to other types that do not contain chlorofluorocarbons, an aerosol substance once found in a variety of spray products.

The action is part of an agreement signed by the U.S. and other nations to stop using substances that deplete the ozone layer, a region in the atmosphere that helps block harmful ultraviolet rays from the Sun.

But the switch to a greener inhaler will cost consumers more. Epinephrine inhalers are available via online retailers for around $20, whereas the alternatives, which contain the drug albuterol, range from $30 to $60.
The Atlantic's Megan McArdle ...
Here is the next sentence in the MSNBC article: (emp add)
The FDA finalized plans to phase out the products in 2008 and currently only Armstrong Pharmaceutical's Primatene mist is available in the U.S.
This phase out was initiated by the Bush administration, a point the Standard hides from its readers. Typical.


So Weekly Standard writers are a pack of mendacious bastards. Who knew?

Liars gotta lie.

By Anonymous Screamin' Demon, at 9/26/2011 11:05 AM  

It's a stupid ban. Even worse than the stupid light bulb ban (also signed by Bush.)

Do you think that the Obama administration will take action to stop the ban from taking effect on their watch?

By Anonymous jms, at 9/26/2011 6:37 PM  

The Weekly Standard is Weakly Standard with this demonstration of its lack of standards.

jms seems to want Obama to undo the stupidity of Bush/Cheney. But how can anyone - even Superman who cannot become President because of being an immigrant - undo those 8 inglorious years?

By Blogger Shag from Brookline, at 9/27/2011 3:07 AM  

Wow. Two things jms and I can agree on. This is almost disturbing!

The OTC inhaler ban will actually prove dangerous for those who cannot afford pricier alternatives. And the light bulb ban annoys me, too. I use florescent light in my kitchen and over the workbench in my garage. The tubes for both fixtures have lasted for more than eight years. But there are places in my home where I want incandescent lighting, such as my office, for example. CFLs are dimmer than incandescent bulbs, and as I get older I need brighter light to read under. If they come up with brighter CFLs, I'll make the switch. Until then, I will hoard 100-watt GE bulbs like a gun nut hoards firearms. You'll have to pry them from my cold, dead hands!

By Anonymous Death Panel Truck, at 9/27/2011 12:19 PM  

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