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Actress and Mom Alison Sweeney Teams Up With the American Pharmacists Association to Help Fellow Allergy Sufferers Find Relief This Spring
Date:4/2/2009

- TV Host Explains How Talking to a Pharmacist Helped Her Manage Her Congestion so She Can Get Back to Her Busy Schedule -

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Mom, actress and allergy sufferer Alison Sweeney knows first hand how symptoms like congestion can make juggling a busy career and family life even more challenging. That's why she's teamed up with the American Pharmacists Association (APhA) and McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. to launch Behind the Counter Counts, a new campaign designed to inform nasal congestion sufferers about treatment options located behind the pharmacy or service counter, or "BTC."

The new campaign features an online resource, www.BTCcenter.com. The site offers Sweeney's personal tips, a new tool to help people figure out if allergies or colds are causing their nasal congestion, and general information about medicines available behind the pharmacy or service counter, or "BTC."

For many people, April represents the beginning of spring allergy season, a time when congestion, a common allergy symptom, can be a problem. Allergies impact an estimated 36 million Americans each year. In fact, a new poll (n=4,282) found that 83 percent of people surveyed felt their nasal congestion slowed them down. Mom, actress and long time congestion sufferer, Alison Sweeney -- well-known for her roles as the host of a popular reality TV show and daytime soap opera star -- can relate.

"Congestion and other allergy symptoms can really get in the way when you're juggling work, family and everyday life. And for me finding the right medicine to relieve my symptoms including congestion can make a big difference," Sweeney explains. "I initially didn't realize the medicines that I've relied on, SUDAFED(R) and ZYRTEC-D(R) made by McNeil Consumer Healthcare Division o
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