Increased sales in allergy drugs

Swedish Radio News reports that sales of prescription-free allergy medicines have increased by 15 percent here in the last five years.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s been an increase in allergies among people in Sweden. Instead, Ulf Brändström of the Swedish Asthma and Allergy Association says it reflects that people with allergies aren’t getting the help they need from a healthcare system with limited resources.

But senior physician Victoria Strand of St. Göran’s hospital disagrees, and tells Swedish Radio News that not only are more people with allergies, there is a greater desire among them to feel better during the pollen season.

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