The Food and Drug Administration is proposing to make more prescription-only drugs available without a prescription.
Janet Woodcock, director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, testified at a hearing in March that medicine needs to take medical care to where the patients are.
asthma, migraines, high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol. The FDA believes it could improve patient health and outcomes, reduce patient costs and promote proper medication use.
The American Medical Association is concerned about people taking certain drugs without physician involvement. The AMA also argues that patient cost will actually increase because once a drug is available over-the-counter, patients are required to pay the full cost as health insurance will no longer pay for them.
When patients have to pay for a doctor's visit because they don't have insurance that covers them, it is far more expensive for them to have to get prescriptions, even if it is just a continuation of a previous prescription. The FDA should make it easier for people to get access to their medications and approve this proposal.