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Date:9/8/2010

oks. Most importantly, the system preserves Indianans' over-the-counter access to the PSE medications they use and trust for cold and allergy relief while stopping illegal sales.

According to a poll by David Binder Research, almost two-thirds of Indiana voters surveyed oppose making common cold and allergy medications containing PSE available by prescription (Rx) only, and 82 percent agree that an Rx-only requirement would create an "unnecessary burden" for law-abiding citizens. Further, a large majority of respondents agrees that an Rx-only mandate would significantly increase consumer costs and hurt the state's finances at the worst possible time.

In addition to significant consumer opposition to a prescription mandate, additional economic analyses show that an Rx-only policy would have severe economic and social consequences for citizens of Indiana. Under an Rx-only mandate, if only half of Indianans who rely on these medicines were forced to go to a doctor to obtain a prescription, the cost to the healthcare system in doctor visits would be over $31 million. Additional economic impacts to the state would include lost sales tax revenue and notable cost increases to the state's Medicaid program, as well as state employee and retiree programs.

The Indiana State Retail Association also supports implementation of an electronic tracking system.

David Binder Research has been a source for innovative research for more than 25 years, providing high-quality survey, focus group and media research services to clients throughout the United States. The survey, conducted from January 14-24, involved 368 Indiana state residents aged 18 or over, all of whom voted in the last election, and has a margin-of-error of +/-5.1%.  The survey was sponsored by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association.

CHPA is the 129-year-old-trade association representing U.S. manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter medicines and nutritio
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