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Reducing Access To Pseudoephedrine Will Make It Tougher For Those With Allergies: Reader Opinion

Fall allergies are the worst – and apparently I’m not the only one who thinks so!

Every year around this time, I am reminded that Birmingham has a terrible fall allergy season. That belief was confirmed recently when I saw that the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of American had ranked us as the 11th-worst place in the United States in their new list of Fall Allergy Capitals.
 
The few remedies that consistently work for me are products containing pseudoephedrine. These medicines allow me to keep my allergies from affecting my day-to-day life, and thankfully they are readily available at the drug store … for now.
 
Some believe that the government should make it harder for consumers to get pseudoephedrine and have tried to make it available only by a doctor’s prescription. Reducing access to this safe and effective medicine would put an undue burden on allergy sufferers, forcing us to take time out of our busy lives to visit a doctor, then pony up a co-payment once we get there. I sincerely hope that those who want to limit access to pseudoephedrine will consider the difficulties that this would cause the average allergy-suffering citizen.
 
Marshall Yates

Birmingham