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A Closer Look (Counter Moves) #197372

ABC Evening News for Monday, May 07, 2001
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) An unprecedented request from a major health insurance company for the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to allow prescription allergy drugs to be sold over the counter reported; allergy statistics cited.

(Washington: Jackie Judd) The issue of prescription versus generic versions of the allergy drugs Claritin, Zyrtec and Allegra examined; Claritin TV ad shown. [WellPoint Health Networks Robert SEIDMAN - cites the burden on the health care system.] [Washington Analysis Ira LOSS - cites costs and the tone of the drug company ads.] [Claritin user Jan Oliver's allergist Dr. Henry FISHMAN - explains the complexity of allergy problems.]

Jennings, Peter;
Judd, Jackie

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