Docket Management
Docket: 00N-1256 - Over-the-Counter Products
Comment Number: EC -51

Accepted - Volume 6

Comment Record
Commentor Ms. Heather Danielsen Date/Time 2000-06-28 01:58:17
Organization Ms. Heather Danielsen
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
Questions
1. General Comments I do not see why the Federal Government continues to act in what is supposed to be the best interest of the American Consumer. Their idea of the best interest includes higher insurance rates, higher doctor's office cost, and higher prescription drug costs. Other countries have much more effective healthcare systems, that include selling popular medications on an OTC basis. My family routinely spends $15 per prescription with insurance co-pays. I routinely take 2 medications, my husband takes 9 medications, my daughter takes 1----that's 12 medications for a total cost after insurance of $180 per month. That does not include the incidental medications, such as antibiotics for ear infections. The cost of these prescriptions on top of the amount we pay for the insurance coverage and the doctor's office visits equate to approximately $800 per month! Pretty ridiculous when you consider that our family lives below the national poverty line, and $800 per month is more than we pay for our mortgage payment! Something needs to be done to control the spiralling cost of healthcare, and making popular drugs available as OTC medications seems a reasonable way to go about at least some of it. Thank you for your time and consideration. Ms. Heather Danielsen




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