Docket Management
Docket: 98P-0610 - Convert Allegra/Allegra-D,Claritin/Claritin-D,Zyrtec to OTC
Comment Number: EC -8

Accepted - Volume 3

Comment Record
Commentor Ms. Teresa Swartz Date/Time 2001-05-15 10:22:39
Organization State of New York OMRDD
Category Health Professional

Comments for FDA General
1. General Comments I work for Office Mental Retardation and Disabilities,New York State. I also am on allegra, and I take this drug daily, along with other medications to control allergy/asthma symptoms. I feel that making these medications OTC is a huge mistake and will cause people to self medicate themselves and not seek regular medical care. Our patients also use these medications and sometimes one does not work and another does and some GI distubances have been noted. All of these potential effects need to be monitored by staff who know what they are looking for. Myself and many of my co-workers see this as another way of the insurance companies controlling our healthcare and I hope the FDA sees this also. The insurance companies do not care about us they are only out to make money. It seems that the drug companies woulds see this as a potential lawsuit problem. I hope you will NOT make these medications as over the counter preparations. Thank You, Tersa Swartz RN

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