| Comment Record|
Mrs. Melinda Collum ||
2000-07-03 16:25:19 |
| Comments for FDA General |
1. General Comments
This is in regard to the FDA pushing pharmaceutical
companies to release some of their products for OTC use.
I can understand why cholesterol medications are kept
off the drug store shelves. Heart disease is a serious
medical condition that needs close monitoring. I feel,
however, that allergies are completely different.
Seasonal allergies are very seldom dangerous and are
mostly just an annoyance. Secondary infections from
prolonged allergy symptoms can be dangerous but there
probably wouldn't be as much of that if the drugs used
to prevent the allergy symptoms were more readily
available. As an allergy sufferer myself, I son't have
the luxury of these drugs because I can't afford the
visits to the doctor several times a year and the cost
of the drugs are outrageous. Many people, myself included,
just have to live with these allergies and try not to
let them disrupt our lives too much. I can't take OTC
allergy drugs because they make me so tired that I can't
function. I have had to live with severe secondary throat
and nasal infections because I just can't afford going to
the doctor to get a prescription that I can't afford either.
For the pharmaceutical companies holding their drugs back:
Don't you people care at all about the people that you're
trying to help? From where I stand, you only want the
extra money you would make if you kept the drugs for
prescription only another few years. It's about time the
FDA stepped in to question these matters. We shouldn't
have to suffer just so you can make a few million dollars. It's really sad that a country like ours (For the people, by the people, ring a bell) would let large corporations rule over us little people and try to control everyting. If it wasn't for the little people the people running these pharmaceutical companies wouldn't have a company.