With Allegra switching to over-the-counter status recently we've had to inform people of the change as the insurance plans drop it from coverage. I use Allegra and I am more than happy to see it go OTC --- totally simplifies my life. I just walk in and buy it. But one customer the other day was not happy about having to purchase it -- the price being more than her usual copay -- and chirped, "Well, I'll just ask the doctor for something else!"
Uh, no. That's not really the idea. Having the medication go OTC means that we no longer have to involve the doctor --- or the appointment scheduler, or the nurse, or the transcription person, or the pharmacist, or the pharmacy technician, or the insurance company, or the myriad of other people who, in one small way or another, play a role in generating a prescription for a person.
All of those things cost a HECK of a lot more than a box of Allegra. But yeah, try telling that to someone who had an $8 copay and believes that was all it cost.