Switching prescription drugs to over the counter: Consumers may benefit financially in examples from the US

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7496.904-c (Published 14 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:904
  1. Patrick W Sullivan (Patrick.Sullivan@UCHSC.edu), assistant professor, school of pharmacy
  1. Pharmaceutical Outcomes Research Program, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 4200 East Ninth Avenue, Box C238, Denver, CO 80262, USA

    EDITOR—Cohen et al say that switching drugs to over the counter increases costs for most insured patients in the United States because of resultant changes in drug benefits.1 Most health plans restrict drug coverage and increase copayments when one member of the class is made available over the counter. However, evidence from recent switches from prescription to over the counter shows that …

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