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From the Editor of achoo! Review, allergy newsletter

Dear Allergy and Asthma Sufferers,

This newsletter marks a milestone in my allergic life. This is the first time I have written our newsletter without being on Allegra D 12 hour antihistamine/ decongestant. Without informing me, my insurance company ceased partially covering my monthly prescription for the drug. I learned of this change when I went to refill the prescription two weeks ago and was informed by the pharmacist that my prescription was no longer covered. Thoroughly confused, I called my insurance company. I learned, after the fact, that because Zyrtec D had gone over the counter, Allegra D was no longer covered by my insurance. So instead of paying $60 per month and using the Allegra D rebate to get the total down to $36, I will now have to pay $141.62 per month.

I decided that I am not going to do that. I asked the pharmacist to suggest what I should do and she suggested trying Zyrtec D. So I went to the isle to pick it out, and it wasn't there; only a virtual paper slip showing the bottle. Because the decongestant version contains a chemical that can be used to make methamphetamines, it is a controlled substance. I take the slip from the isle to the counter and asked to buy a one month supply and found that I can only buy limited quantities which will last 24 days.

And don't even get me started on the packaging. Each pill is individually packaged in a very tamper resistant plastic and foil case. To open, you have to bend and tear at the same time. As of this writing, I am still trying to master this.

So I have learned the following: The drug that I heralded so much about that changed my life for the last 5 years is no longer an option because of price, that the suggested alternative can only be purchased in limited quantities so I cannot purchase a one month supply, and the packaging is very difficult to open.

This reminds me of the growing importance of non drug allergy treatment.

In closing, as 2008 winds to a close, I urge you to take a moment to reflect on the many blessings you have. Our company has been very fortunate this year. I am very thankful to our customers and our staff. We love what we do and we look forward to 2009. And if you are traveling this holiday, remember to take one of our Allergy Armor pillow covers with you. You'll sleep better.

Breathe better,
P. Cade McDonald
Allergy Consumer Report

Volume Five :: Issue 12 :: December 2008    

Allergy Products for Cold and Flu Symptoms

Allergy Products Ease Cold & Flu Symptoms
5% to 20% of the United States population gets the flu every year. Adults are likely to have a cold at least two to four times annually; children, particularly preschoolers, are likely to have colds six to ten times a year.

Flu vaccines for Allergy & Asthma Sufferers

Vacuuming to Keep Winter Allergies Under Control
Although winter allergens can include an increase in mold and other environmental allergens, vacuuming regularly to keep dust and pet dander at a minimum will have a profound effect on your winter allergy symptoms.

5 Ways to Protect Your Food Allergic Child During Thanksgiving

Holiday Gift Guide
This year, many Americans have reevaluated their spending habits and cinched their belts. No doubt a shift in values will be reflected in our holiday purchases: we may be more inclined than ever to choose gifts that are not only enjoyable to the recipient, but practical as well. 

Miele S7 Upright Vacuums

New! Miele S7 Upright Vacuums Are
Coming Soon
Available December 8, 2008. Miele S7 Upright Vacuums feature swivel neck design, 58 foot operating radius, HEPA filtration and are built to last 20 years.

Germ Guardian Humidifiers

New! 3M Filtrete Ultra Quiet Small Bedroom Air Purifiers
Simple, bold design meets top-of-the-line performance in the Filtrete Ultra Quiet Small Bedroom Air Purifier by 3M. The electrostatically charged filters capture 96% of all microscopic allergens like smoke, smog, pet dander, dust, and bacteria.

Congratulations to Chandra A. from Minnesota for winning the 2008 Thanksgiving Giveaway!

Autumn Babies at Greater Risk of Asthma
A study released today by Vanderbilt University suggests that babies born during the fall before the normal cold and flu season are at a greater risk of developing asthma.

Germ Guardian Humidifiers

Introducing the 3M Filtrete Ultra Quiet Bedroom
Air Purifier

The Ultra Quiet Small Bedroom is the quietest air purifier for its size and price range. 3M created this air purifier with a modern design. The unit comes in a neutral white color that allows it to blend into any bedroom décor.

The Miele Canister Vacuum...Are You Experienced?
While surfing the interwebs to do research for our Miele vacuum cleaners renovation project, I discovered a wide range of articles, videos, and information on these special canister vacuums.

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$10 Rebate for 3M Ultra Clean Air Purifiers

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