On my way home for lunch this morning, I stopped at the drug store and picked up a bottle of generic Claritin. For less than the price of a 30-pack of Claritin (~$23), I got a 90-pack of generic (~$20). A 90-pack should easily last me this allergy season -- a 60-pack would have probably been sufficient, but the only choices were 30 and 90. I'm glad for generic drugs. At the same time, I understand why name-brands are more expensive -- the makers of the generic didn't have to invest anything in R&D, they just had to take the published formula for the name-brand. As such, I agree that drug companies should enjoy some patent protection on their drugs for a while, at which time generics become available.
I'm also glad that regular generic Claritin seems to keep my allergies at bay, and that I don't need the decongestant version. Apparently, in NC, even though it's non-prescription, you have to convince the pharmacist that you're not going to make meth with your Claritin-D before they let you buy it. The government has enough info about me already, they don't need to add me to their list of people who might be buying allergy medicine to make meth.
Mostly, the purpose of this post is an excuse to use my antihistamine user icon. Expect to see it again around April 2, when I rant about on of my other favorite antis -- daylight savings time. Maybe I should make an icon that cycles through all my favorite antis.