The Chronicle's May 20 editorial about 24-hour antihistamines is perceptive. Insurance and drug company actions are largely driven by bottom line considerations.
We must keep foremost in mind what is good for the patientconsumer. Twenty-four-hour antihistamines aren't without side effects or interactions with other drugs, particularly when there are pre-existing conditions such as heart disease or diabetes. If the big boys in the drug and insurance industries want to do what's best for the consumer, let the drugs go over-the-counter in pharmacies at a median price where there is also available the advice of a professional.
Earl G.Wright, Augusta
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