Friday, October 5, 2007

Behind the counter drugs, No Prescription

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Fda_logo The Food and Drug Administration may establish a new class of medicines known as "behind-the-counter drugs," according to the Los Angeles Times.

"It would let consumers purchase routine medicines that could include birth control pills, cholesterol drugs and migraine medicine without a prescription -- as long as they discuss it with a pharmacist first," the paper reports. "Pharmacists and drug companies like the idea; doctors think it's dangerous. If approved, the drug classification could go into effect as early as next year."

Other countries already have such a process in place, which has been used in the USA with a drug known as the morning-after pill. FDA is scheduled to hold a hearing on the issue next month.

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