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More Information on Over-the-Counter Drug Availability

Commentary in The New York Times “Room for Debate” Series on Whether More Drugs Should be Available Over the Counter

September 16, 2012

In an invited commentary as part of The New York Times “Room for Debate" series, Public Citizen argued that drugs should only be available over the counter if two commonsense criteria for ensuring patient safety are satisfied. Some classes of drugs, such as antihistamines, clearly meet these criteria and should be sold over the counter. Others, such as statin drugs, don’t.

The complete commentary can be viewed at: http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2012/09/16/getting-your-prescriptions-without-a-prescription/statins-should-require-a-prescription

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