Switching prescription drugs to over the counter: Chicken and egg scenario is possible

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7496.905 (Published 14 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:905
  1. Magnus Hird (Magnus.hird@blueyonder.co.uk), pharmacist practitioner
  1. Bloomfield Medical Centre, Blackpool FY1 6JW

EDITOR—Cohen et al suggest that prescription drugs become candidates for switching to being available over the counter if they meet three criteria: use for non-chronic conditions, easy to self diagnose, low potential for misuse.1 Whether this is the policy of drug regulators is unclear.

Perhaps this view is drawn from examination of current over the counter products? …

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