Primatene mist inhalers are not available for sale in the United States because of their negative environmental impacts, and there are no known alternatives nor is there a set date for when Primatene might return to the market, reports the Los Angeles Times. However, there are alternative options for obtaining cheap inhalers for asthmatics with no health insurance. such as visiting a free clinic, obtaining prescription drug coupons and patient assistance programs offered by pharmaceutical companies.
Patients seeking cheap inhalers might consider visiting a health center funded by the county, state or federal government, which are available in most cities and towns, notes the Los Angeles Times. These facilities often treat asthma for a low cost and sometimes have on-site pharmacies.
Partnership for Prescription Assistance and RxHope are examples of websites that provide information on patient assistance programs available to individuals seeking to purchase cheap inhalers, states the Los Angeles Times. A doctor or pharmacist may also provide a patient with information on drug assistance programs.
Manufacturers of inhalers may offer prescription drug coupons online for their products, notes the Los Angeles Times. Some rescue inhalers sold at certain large retailers, such as Wal-Mart and Costco, may even cost half of what Primatene mist inhalers cost.