Medicine: Over the Counter

The U.S. public, forever hopeful of finding a cure for the common cold, was eagerly buying newfangled pills last week. The drugs, heretofore available only on a doctor's prescription, were selling over drug counters as fast and freely as bubble gum.

The drugs were anti-histaminics, developed in the last few years for relief of allergies (notably hay fever and asthma). Because they set off such side effects as drowsiness and dizziness in some patients, the Food & Drug Administration had kept them on the prescription list. Doctors, noting that many cold symptoms seem to be allergic in nature, have tried the anti-histaminics...

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