Hot Springs, Arkansas
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My wife has severe asthma, and Primatene is the only thing that keeps us from having to drive to the emergency room once or twice a month.

Apparently there are some new policies in place at Walgreens that require the pharmacy staff to treat anyone asking for these little yellow life-saving pills like *** We went to 2 different Walgreens to try and buy the Primatene tablets for my wife, both of which turned her away and the staff purposely tried to embarrass her in front of other customers. My wife has prescriptions for Albuterol (emergency inhaler) and Symbacort for her asthma. The staff at both Walgreens pharmacies dont care about that though, they only see someone looking to make METHAMPHETAMINE. Hmmmm, lets see... my wife, homeschooling 2 daughters, trying to simply breathe because of all the summer pollen in the air, trying to buy Primatene for her *** LAB in the shed out back.... ***, ***,***

"Well if you dont fill your medications here then you need your doctor to prescribe it to you or we cant sell it to you".... K, so my wife needs to get a flippin prescription for a NON PRESCRIPTION medication?

We purposely do not fill her meds at Walgreens because THEY ARE WAY TOO EXPENSIVE THERE. Walgreens sucks, and their staff sucks as well.

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Anonymous
#1705718

Walmart has tablet just need id

Anonymous
#1678761

I bought some cough medicine at Walgreen , I used my credir card Freedom , next thing the teller want my i.d and date of birth , theses people are full of it .

PassionateSumatranTiger
#1667087

Had a similar experience - not only with Walgreens but RiteAid, CVS and Duane Reed (NYC), all of which Walgreens has bought in last few years. Walgreens wants only to sell its store brands.

I hope they get sued for anti-trust violations. When I go back to city, will check out some of the smaller drugstores to see if they have it.

HypnoticGorilla495
to PassionateSumatranTiger #1678332

Lmao Walgreens did big buy CVS. You are lying. Maybe you don’t realize it but you sound ridiculous

Anonymous
#1632498

Yes the same thing happened to me 2yrs in walgreens they were rude and refused to sell them saying it was their policy now , I was so embarrassed .I always got them there before needed for asthma they work better asthma medicine prescribed .I also now 2018 every store I go to says on back order how long is back order 3yrs if they are stopping the sale of them, just tell consumers. Dont lie and say on back order and if the manufacture is telling the stores that ,it is not true.

The manufacture needs to know they are not selling them or ordering them any more even thought they may be in stock ,we are not all drug addicts we use for the sole purpose of asthma .It discrimination not to sell or act in a manner like you are an addict .

they are controlled you have to have valid id and can only buy so many . They should be able to track

Anonymous
#1623904

Bronkaid works, although not as well as Primatene. Nevertheless, I have been using Bronkaid as a substitute when my asthma flares, or when I suffer bronchitis on top of my asthma.

I have found that I can buy the 60 count package of Bronkaid online, whereas our local Walmart carries only the 24-count package. Indiana State law requires that one purchase no more than 3.6 grams for any one purchase or in any one month and Bronkaid tablets contain 25 mg, each meaning that a 60 count package is 1.5 grams. One can therefore legally purchase 2 boxes, which in my case will last a year or more. Online shipments are not available in all states, though, and one does have to provide a PDF copy of photo ID.

And it is extremely expensive. But it is worth it to have the Bronkaid available for my most terrible asthma attacks.

Anonymous
#1620843

I'm sure if Primatene comes back on the market, it won't be as effective as it was. What's wrong with these people anyway?

It is the only medication that works for my son in law so let's get rid of it!! Our health care programs are a farce.

Anonymous
#1619139

Completely agree. And this was at RiteAid that has been taken over by Wallgreen's.

They had a box of Bronkaid instead. So I got that, and it works fine. BUT: RiteAid/Wallgreen's is discontinuing that, too! I can only conclude that they don't want customers having an OTC option when there is so much more money to made by Rx drugs.

But I agree: won't even consider the possibility of filling Rx at any RiteAid or Wallgreen's again. They're not a help to those who struggle with getting through the week with occasional breathing issues.

Anonymous
#1615793

Yea, I agree, Walgreens in millington,TN is the worse, thank god for Walmart, that’s where I get my scripts and stuff from.

Anonymous
#1610243

I’ve been getting Primatene and my regular prescription drugs from my local Albertsons Savon Pharmacy for over 20 years. They told me today they would no longer be carrying the product.

They said they could no longer get it from the manufacturer. Like others here, I’ve had seasonal asthma my whole life. Always in the spring and fall and some perfumes cause me to have asthma. My doctor prescribed me an asthma prescription but it made my heart pound so fast and hard I couldn’t take it.

I told my doctor and he’s the one who initially told me to try Primatene as it wasn’t as strong as the prescription meds. Sure enough thats all I needed. My asthma went away but I didn’t have that heart pounding, out of breath feeling. My doctor prescribes me a rescue inhaler but because of Primatene, the original date written for the 5 refills he gives me always expire before I even have to use them.

In the 1980’s the company took it off the market for a while to take out an ingredient that drug dealers were using to make illegal drugs. Shame on the manufacturers for treating those of us who really need like they have done.

They want us to be forced to have to use one of their pharmaceutical drugs for the money!!! What goes around comes around and the greed from these companies will have their comings one day!!!

Anonymous
#1605195

In all honesty I believe it is going to be taken out of production. Too many drug addicts who's parents are suing the pharmaceutical companies for getting their "poor little innocent babies" addicted to drugs.

In the end it hurts people who use the medication for it's intended purpose. These drug addicts were already losers.

They just turned to Primatene, and the like, as a last resort, f$&@?!ng over those of us who really need it. The parents of these creatures should have been more responsible to begin with and their "things" would not have turned to drugs in the first place.

Anonymous
to Liyyla #1642288

Obama pulled it bc an ingredient effected them” environment”. That ingredient has been removed and it’s back on the shelves.

Just bought a box today at Walmart. It was at pharmacy counter.

Anonymous
#1595152

The *** hoops that ppl go through just a 10 dollar box of NON prescription primatene tabs that can save my life when an attack comes upon me. I cant afford to drop 100 bucks just to a script for something else that will probably cost me another 100.

Was not that long ago when I could buy the tabs and even the inhaler right off the shelf next to the allergy meds. This is ***

HypnoticGorilla495
to joe m #1678334

What was that in 1945? Could you also buy cocaine at the drug store?

Anonymous
#1590856

I have the same problem. Seems like most pharmacies are not carrying this medicine any more. It's a gamble to try and find a store that has it, many are just not re-ordering it I guess.

Anonymous
#1588878

I called the company and it will be back on shelves in a few months. Ingredient supply issues.

You DO NOT need a prescription They are NOT being discontinued. Be available after first of the year.

Anonymous
to ChancyVD #1598428

11/16/2018 You are right, I just finished a phone conversation with a rep at Pfizer and it is a supplier issue with the components that make the product. They "Will" be back on the shelves, and for pharmacies to hold us hostage for a non-prescription product is insane.

I'm not a criminal using this for illegal reasons, I just want to breathe. I work in a very intense warehouse environment and if you run your finger along any rack you will see what is in the air.

Face mask or not I still need the relief and safety it provides once I go home. I just want to breathe.

Anonymous
to ChancyVD #1619141

I certainly hope you're right. But I have serious doubts.... Too much money to be made with Rx sprays.

Anonymous
#1588817

I’ve been using Primateen for 35 or 40 years... I was pissed when these *** *** stopped the inhaler!

Then they sat at the hassle of asking for an ID like if I’m gonna make *** with it ! Now they are forcing people to go to the doctors ( which I don’t trust or visit) glorified mechanics that they are ! To spend money for nothing! NOTHING WORKS BETTER FOR ME NOT EVEN PRESCRIPTION STUFF!

I tried to get the Walgreens brand which works also but not as strong!

Now I’m having to buy this bronkaid meh gotta say it worked but not as well! IM FREAKING PISSED

Anonymous
to Anonymous #1593710

I feel the exact same way.

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