SLOW GOING FOR OTC SWITCHES

While the number of prescription drugs switching to over-the counter status is expected to be sparse this year, the rapid social and political adoption of self-medication may soon quicken the pace, supermarket pharmacy executives and analysts told SN.Last year's controversy over the safety of drugs in the COX-2 class along with this year's focus on getting Medicare Part D running smoothly have resulted

While the number of prescription drugs switching to over-the counter status is expected to be sparse this year, the rapid social and political adoption of self-medication may soon quicken the pace, supermarket pharmacy executives and analysts told SN.

Last year's controversy over the safety of drugs in the COX-2 class along with this year's focus on getting Medicare Part D running smoothly have resulted in a cautious environment for Rx-to-OTC switches.

Meanwhile, the recent no

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