Docket Management
Docket: 00N-1256 - Over-the-Counter Products
Comment Number: EC -91

Accepted - Volume 6

Comment Record
Commentor Mrs. Melinda Collum Date/Time 2000-07-03 16:25:19
Organization none
Category Individual

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.

EC -91