Table 1

 Launch timetable for CFC-free MDIs

DrugCompanyProductDate of availabilityComment
SalbutamolGlaxo-WellcomeVentolin Evohalercurrently availableCFC Ventolin likely to be withdrawn gradually from Aug 1999
Ventolin EasibreatheAug 1999
3MAiromircurrently available
Baker Nortonprobably Sept–Oct 1999
BeclomethasoneGlaxo WellcomeBecotide Evohalerprobably 2001
Becotide Easibreatheprobably late 2001
3MQvarcurrently availableImportant dosing issue; requires half the dose of CFC-based MDI for similar effect
Baker Nortonlate 1999Already available in some European countries
FluticasoneGlaxo WellcomeFlixotide EvohalerOctober 1999