FDA may create new no-prescription-needed drug class

The FDA is considering allowing consumers to purchase some medications after consulting with a pharmacist — but without a doctor’s prescription. The creation of this “behind the counter” class of drugs would be a welcome relief for patients who don’t have the time or, in many cases, the money for frequent doctor’s visits — particularly simply to get prescription refills for chronic or long-term conditions. Many other developed countries already have such a class of medications.

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I have tons of patients who show up only wanting pills. If I don’t have a blood pressure in the chart, or evidence of glucose monitoring, I refuse.

If I took on the responsibility of being someone’s physician, it was not to write their scripts. I am there to help control a disease (and taking a pill is insufficient) and avoid side effects (which can happen after years.)

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