This was shocking to me. Our government, and apparently the international community, value the ozone over the lives of asthmatics. This is what happens when a society becomes over regulated. There is no effective, OTC alternative to this medication, yet our government has decided that asthmatics should not have access to it.
The only non-CFC-containing alternative medication is not approved for market yet, which is a whole different issue with over-regulation of the pharmaceutical industry.
Imagine that someone is traveling. They are away from their regular doctor, and their insurance company (through a local company) charges huge prices for visits to out-of-network doctors and clinics. The airline loses their son's bag, which has his inhaler. The family now has to put their vacation on hold, find a doctor, pay huge doctor's bills, and wait for a scrip to be filled, because we were worried about the small effect that an OTC inhaler has on the ozone.
This is another example of our government's harmful effects, especially when they put being "green" over the interests of our people.