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Earlier this month we reported that ozone-friendly HFA inhalers are to be the norm as CFC-based inhalers are banned. Two chief complaints about this move are that the prices for HFA are much higher and that dose counters aren't usually included - dose counters help users know when the inhaler is empty of medication.
Well, Wal-Mart of all companies has solved those two problems by putting out the cheapest HFA inhaler on the market, and it includes a dose counter.Despite the many environmentally-based arguments against patronizing Wal-Mart stores, the company has indeed come up with a solution to the core arguments against this more eco-friendly inhaler (though what they're doing to make it so cheap is cause for concern, and just might out weigh green benefits).
At any rate, the HFA inhaler is priced at $9 and has 60 metered inhalations.
"While some HFA inhalers may sell for as much as $60 for certain brands, our $9 ReliOn Ventolin HFA inhaler will ease the financial burden for sufferers of asthma who should not go without these life-saving medications," said Sandy Kinsey, Walmart's divisional merchandise manager for pharmacy.
While the HFA inhalers are good news for the environment, and the affordable price of Wal-Mart's offer makes going green easier, we still are skeptical of just how much of an eco-improvement these inhalers represent.
Via Press Release
More on Wal-Mart's Greener Side:
360 Wind Powered Wal-Mart Stores by April 2009
Wal-Mart: The Next Steps Toward Sustainability
The TH Interview: Andy Ruben & Matt Kissler of Wal-Mart
Going Green Is Strictly Business. Just Ask Wal-Mart
Wal-Mart CEO Calls for Reduced Consumption?