Third Class of Drugs
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This paper discusses the pharmaceutical market in the United States. The paper explains that there are currently two classes of drugs - prescription and non-prescription. The paper explores the option of a third class of drugs that would be sold without a doctor's prescription but only through consultation with a licensed clinical pharmacist. The pros and cons of this idea are examined.
From the Paper:"In the United States, all pharmaceutical products: from Advil to Zoloft, are sold either as over-the-counter remedies or as prescription drugs. Over-the-counter remedies like Advil, aspirin, and Tylenol, can be purchased by any consumer at any store that chooses to sell them. Therefore, an eight-year old can go into a convenience store and buy a bottle of aspirin. On the other hand, if an eighty-year old man wanted to try Viagra, he would need to consult a physician and retrieve a prescription, and from there he would need to buy the drug from a licensed pharmacist. The two-class division evolved from a series of acts and resolutions passed in conjunction with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The most significant landmark in the creation of a specific prescription-only class of drugs was the Durham-Humphrey Amendment, passed in 1951."
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