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Foradil Aerolizer

Asthma/COPD drug being discontinued.

Foradil Aerolizer

Do you have asthma or COPD? If so and you have been using the inhaler called Foradil, take note.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Foradil Aerolizer (contains formoterol fumarate) and produced by Merck has been discontinued. The decision to discontinue Foradil was business-related and not due to safety or effectiveness.

It is anticipated that the inventory of Foradil will be exhausted and no longer distributed around January 2016, although inventory may be depleted earlier.

Foradil Aerolizer is indicated as “add on” treatment for the daily treatment/control of asthma; maintenance treatment of COPD; and prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB).  Foradil is a long-acting bronchodilator (LABA) and although will not be available alone in its own inhaler, it continues to be available as 1 of the 2 medications found in Symbicort® and Dulera® inhalers.  The other medication in these medications is a corticosteroid which is a key medication in controlling the inflammation of asthma.

At Family Allergy & Asthma Care of Montana, we keep you up to date on the medications available for treating asthma.  When one door closes, another one opens! (stay tuned for new medications for asthma that are being released).

For more information visit FDA.gov.

This information is solely for informational purposes and not intended as a substitute for consultation with a medical professional.
  1. Elsy SantiagoElsy Santiago11-13-2016

    This was the only medication that kept my asthma controlled. I was born with asthma and it was horrible. Around 1998, my doctor introduced me to this medicine and it was heaven sent. Ever since this medication was discontinued, my asthma has been a mess. Those other inhalers do not get the job done. I take them more than I did while being on Foradil. There has to be something that is just as good or better than Foradil. I dont have medical insurance and these inhalers out in the market are extremely overpriced. Foradil was high in price but not as much as the others. I am really saddened and so are my lungs. Thanks.

  2. Kim ConnerKim Conner12-23-2017

    Foradil has helped my husband’s asthma more than anything else, including the new breo that has been prescribed!!! We are very upset that Foradil is no longer on the market. If it wasn’t a safety issue and since it is effective for so many, why not put it back on the market?

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