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Wednesday 01 September 2004

Inner-city availability of preservative-containing albuterol.

By: Reznik M, Sharif I, Ozuah PO.

Clin Pediatr (Phila) 2004 Sep;43(7):615-7

Benzalkonium chloride (BAC) added to nebulized albuterol may induce bronchospasm. The objective of this study was to determine the availability of BAC-containing nebulized albuterol in the Bronx, New York pharmacies. A cross-sectional telephone survey of pharmacies was conducted. Overall, 158 (80%) pharmacies participated in the survey; 133 (84%) carried BAC-containing albuterol; 25 (16%) dispensed BAC-containing albuterol solution when presented with a prescription written for generic albuterol. Only 14 (9%) pharmacists had seen a prescription for nebulized albuterol where a physician specified "without BAC." Despite availability of BAC-free albuterol, pharmacies in the Bronx still carried and dispensed BAC-containing product.

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