While lobbyists for Big Pharma will make hay over how unfair it is to make law-abiding citizens visit the doctor to get a pseudoephedrine prescription, one issue not mentioned is that folks taking Sudafed on a daily basis for extended periods of time most likely have chronic conditions that do require a physician's attention.
The package of over-the-counter antihistamine I have sitting at home, for instance, advises seeing a doctor if symptoms persist for two weeks.
Perdue, a pharmacist by trade, speaks from personal experience. He said he had chronic sinus congestion which he self-treated for years with Afrin.
"Had I simply seen an EENT (eye, ear, nose and throat specialist) early on, the symptoms of Wegener's disease, which often starts with sinus issues, may have been noted much sooner, and I mightn't have had peripheral neuropathy and other things today," he said.
Finally, as you may know, one of my joys in life is to get the word "ironically" in print -- particularly if I can misuse it for "coincidentally."
However, "ironically" would be an entirely appropriate word Thursday, when the state Ethics Commission violated the state Open Meetings Act by failing to post public notice of the commission meeting, and of its Open Government Committee meeting (which, ironically, deals with issues regarding compliance with the open meetings law) in the online State Register.
The commission has had a lot of staff turnover of late, and the posting of the meeting notices slipped everyone's attention. That means a lot of do-over votes when the commission next meets, in February, since none of the actions taken Thursday can be official.
Coincidentally, the lack of public notice meant I missed the debut of former secretary of state Betty Ireland as a commissioner, and no doubt, she'll be a strong -- and outspoken -- addition to that panel. Other new members appointed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin in time for the December meeting were Marie Redd, a former Democratic state senator from Cabell County; Michael Greer, a former Republican delegate from Harrison County (and former original member of the Ethics Commission, now on a second tour of duty); and Moundsville resident Suzan Singleton, a member of the West Virginia Municipal League.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.