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FDA Plans to Ease Over-the-Counter Approvals for Some Prescription Drugs

U.S. regulators proposed new guidelines Tuesday to make it easier for some common medicines to be sold without a prescription—and more convenient for consumers to get them. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is evaluating ways to make sure patients don't take an inappropriate over-the-counter drug, Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement. That could include adding information to the packaging label and offering online questionnaires to help people decide if a drug is right for them. Drugmakers would have to do studies showing those strategies allow consumers to safely pick a drug and use it without medical supervision. (Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press)

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