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Claritin is now over-the-counter!!!

http://www.msnbc.com/news/840649.asp?0cv=CB10

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27 — The government approved over-the-counter sales of the popular allergy remedy Claritin on Wednesday, a long-anticipated move that will save uninsured allergy sufferers money but prove more costly to those with prescription drug insurance plans.

THE DECISION comes four years after a prominent insurance company petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to force Claritin’s maker to sell it without a prescription in the United States just like it long has in Canada.

Money aside, proponents of the switch argued that nondrowsy Claritin is safer than today’s over-the-counter antihistamines that make people sleepy, very dangerous if they’re driving.

Manufacturer Schering-Plough Corp. vehemently fought the switch at first, saying the insurance industry pushed the change because it doesn’t pay for over-the-counter medicines — meaning insurers will save billions in drug costs as well as doctor fees.

But Claritin’s patent expires in December, opening the drug to generic competition. Earlier this year, Schering grudgingly changed course and asked the FDA to allow Claritin to be sold next to the aspirin and cough syrup after all.
 

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never worked for me.
 

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All that means is that your insurance company will most likely stop covering Allegra and Zyrtec on their drug formulary list...so you will go buy Claritin and they don't have to pay. (Two insurance companies up here already made that decision.)
 
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