AMA Blasts FDA Plan to Make Prescription Drugs OTC

The American Medical Association has taken a strong stance against the FDA's recently announced proposal to make prescription drugs available over the counter, according to a USA Today report.

The FDA proposed to make common prescription drugs, including those that treat diabetes, asthma and migraines, available over the counter in order to increase access to these medications. Proponents added the potential move could improve population health and proper medication use.


However, the AMA is taking a different stance, arguing the lack of physician involvement could lead to negative outcomes for patients. "Patients rely on physicians to provide sound diagnosis and treatment information and to help them meet their unique health needs" said Peter W. Carmel, MD, AMA president. "Expanding many prescription medications to OTC interferes with that important relationship without offering any real benefits to improve patients' health or reduce their costs."

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