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Letter: Flu, cold sufferers use decongestants

8.3.15 – Grant Monahan, Kokomo Tribune

Retailers across Indiana are committed to offering law-abiding consumers access to medications they need. Some of these products are cold, cough, flu and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine (PSE). In the past, some members of the Indiana Legislature have attempted to restrict access to PSE by forcing every citizen to get a prescription to use these medicines.

Every time this proposal is put forth in the Legislature, retailers start to hear complaints from our customers who know what a burden this restriction would be. Anecdotally, it seemed that almost all Hoosiers relied on non-prescription medicine to treat their cold and allergy symptoms.

Now a recent survey by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has confirmed what our member companies have been hearing from their customers. The survey found that in Indiana, 98 percent of cold, cough and flu sufferers purchase non-prescription medication to treat their ailments, in addition to 87 percent of nasal allergy sufferers. Furthermore, 93 percent of Hoosiers want access to all legal medications available to them at the full-service pharmacy where they shop.

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