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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ban on over-the-counter allergy meds hurts more than helps

8.2.16– Erica Hopkins, Missourian

As a local pharmacist, every day I help my customers choose the right allergy medicine to treat their symptoms. Allergies can have the same, if not worse, effects as an ordinary cold or flu.

People can bounce back after a cold in a week or so, but allergies last all season long and can be debilitating. That is why it is important they have access to medications, such as Allegra-D and Claritin-D, which provide relief from allergy symptoms.

Some legislators think that it makes sense to make cold and allergy medicine with pseudoephedrine available by prescription only, across the board, because some criminals use these FDA-approved medicines to make meth. In their eyes, they think it’s the answer to the meth problem in our state. This could not be farther from the truth.

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