Docket Management
Docket: 00N-1256 - Over-the-Counter Products
Comment Number: EC -30

Accepted - Volume 6

Comment Record
Commentor Miss Dee Dockery Date/Time 2000-06-27 11:50:09
Organization Miss Dee Dockery
Category Individual

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments Keeping these drugs from being available over the counter is just a money-making scam perpetrated by drug companies. For example, Claritin is available in Canada for about $17, but in America we must pay $50 for a doctors visit plus $60 for the medication. Absolutely rediculous! And that's not even considering the amount of time it takes to make an appointment and wait 2 or 3 weeks to actually see the doctor. There is no such thing as an instant doctor's appointment. It's all about waiting. Even when you go to the doctor's office on the day of your appointment, you still have to wait beyond your scheduled appointment time to see the doctor. But that's another issue. Anyway, It's cheaper for me to go to Canada whenever I need Claritin, rather than pay all the doctor's fees and high prescription costs. If money is an issue, people will go wherever the treatment is cheaper. If I lived in Buffalo, NY what would stop me from driving a few miles across the Canadian border to go to a store and purchase Claritin over the counter to save up to $100. It's an easy decision.

EC -30