TALKING UP RX TO OTCS

The push to lower drug costs is driving more prescription medicines over the counter and creating a greater need for pharmacist consultations, said pharmacists polled by SN during this month's Food Marketing Institute Pharmacy Conference.Although the widely anticipated OTC switch of Plan B -- the controversial "morning after" pill -- is on hold, discussions are under way to allow cholesterol-lowering

The push to lower drug costs is driving more prescription medicines over the counter and creating a greater need for pharmacist consultations, said pharmacists polled by SN during this month's Food Marketing Institute Pharmacy Conference.

Although the widely anticipated OTC switch of Plan B -- the controversial "morning after" pill -- is on hold, discussions are under way to allow cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins, to be sold without a prescription, as was recently approved

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