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Why is the Maxair Autohaler being discontinued?

The Maxair (pirbuterol) Autohaler is being discontinued because it uses chemicals known as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as propellants. These chemicals break down ozone in the upper atmosphere, reducing the earth's protection from harmful radiation. As a result, the Autohaler will no longer be sold after December 31, 2013. Maxair, a prescription drug that relieves symptoms of asthma and other breathing problems, will continue to be available in manual inhalers.

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