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Allergist: Singulair, Claritin Combo Could Be Win-Win for Allergy, Asthma Sufferers

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration 's decision to consider a proposal to combine the medications Singulair and Claritin could be a win-win for allergy and asthma sufferers, an allergist said Wednesday.Dr. Clifford Bassett, a New York allergist and member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology , said many of his patients rely on both drugs to ease their symptoms."People with moderate to severe asthma often suffer from allergies as well," he said. "And we've seen the incidence of asthma double in recent years. So, with this, you have a super-convenient way to moderate the symptoms of both asthma and allergies."Schering-Plough/Merck Pharmaceuticals, a joint venture between Schering-Plough Corp. and Merck & Co. (MRK), said this week that it is seeking marketing approval of loratadine/montelukast, which are the ingredients found in Claritin and Singulair , for treatment of nasal allergy symptoms. Click here for more on the proposalAlthough the two medicines work differ...

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