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Publish Date: 08/21/00
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"Read and Heed" Campaign Visits Tristate

Cincinnati--On Thursday, August 24, the "Read and Heed" campaign, sponsored by Aventis Pharmaceuticals, makers of Allegra, will visit Cincinnati to encourage drivers to read the labels and heed the warnings of every medicine (prescription and over-the-counter), before attempting to drive. World-renowned Indy Racing League star Robbie Buhl joins David Bernstein, MD, professor of clinical medicine in immunology, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, to discuss the possible impairing effects of sedating antihistamines on driving performance.

"A recent study revealed that while many people do not feel sleepy or drowsy after taking sedating medications, their driving is still impaired," says Bernstein. Buhl, who has won many auto races including the Indy Racing League's inaugural race in Orlando this year, says "In my profession, safe driving is a must. This is why I always read the labels and heed the side effect warnings on any medications I take for my allergies before getting behind the wheel," Buhl adds. Bernstein will also discuss new second-generation non-sedating allergy medications.

To schedule an interview with Robbie Buhl or David Bernstein, MD, about the "Read and Heed" campaign, contact Barbara Broughton of Porter Novelli at (212) 601-8482.

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