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FDA may let patients buy drugs without prescription

"In a move that could help the government trim its burgeoning health care costs, the Food and Drug Administration may soon permit Americans to obtain some drugs used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes without obtaining a prescription.

The FDA says over-the-counter distribution would let patients get drugs for many common conditions without the time and expense of visiting a doctor, but medical providers call the change medically unsound and note that it also may mean that insurance no longer will pay for the drugs."

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/apr/29/fda-may-let-...

As a pharmacist, I would like few things more than abolition of the FDA and massive controls over my profession, but this looks like a step in the right direction.

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I doubt this is intended to

I doubt this is intended to be pro-consumer as much as it is pro-pharmaceuticals, but free markets will sort things out to its regulated limit.

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FDA

I despise the "Failure, Deception, Abuse" agency and rarely do I hear anything pro-consumer being done by them. This however, is a surprising step in the positive direction. Granted, "medical providers" are not happy with this as it would mean loss of easy money for them.