OTC Medicines Corner

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  • June 1, 2004
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    In many countries, pharmacists can provide patients with medications that are in a third class of drugs. These agents—neither prescription nor purely OTC—can be obtained only from a...

  • April 1, 2004
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    In February, FDA called a 3-month time-out when the deadline arrived for making a decision about changing to nonprescription status a levonorgestrel-only emergency contraceptive (EC) product (...

  • February 1, 2004
    PREVIEW

    FDA has launched a national educational campaign that targets pharmacists as important sources of advice on safe use of nonprescription analgesic products.

  • December 1, 2003
    PREVIEW

    Very few consumers are overusing nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products, available without a prescription since 1996, reported authors who analyzed purchase patterns of American households...

  • October 1, 2003
    PREVIEW

    Provision of a safety-net antibiotic prescription (SNAP) along with guidance on how to treat children’s otitis media with nonprescription analgesics is an emerging strategy that could help...

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