Self-care with over-the-counter (OTC) medicines has evolved from the « dark ages » of patent medicine manufacture and sale to a modern era of new drug development involving prescription-to-OTC switch.
This evolution is largely due to the OTC Review, which placed science at the cornerstone of safety, effectiveness, and labeling of nonprescription medicines.
As self-care with OTC drugs has evolved, the switching of drugs from prescription to nonprescription status has produced important benefits, creating more self-reliant consumers through novel self-care therapeutics, significant cost savings to the health care system, expanded markets for companies, enhanced science for regulatory decisions, a more consumer-friendly label for all OTC agents, and a more consistent and predictable drug approval process.
Potential regulatory barriers and an evolving claims environment for prescription drugs and dietary supplements present important challenges for the OTC industry today.
Mots-clés Pascal : Médicament, Automédication, Soin autogéré, Changement, Prescription médicale, Historique, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Vente libre
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Drug, Self prescription, Selfcare, Change, Medical prescription, Case history, United States, North America, America
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 99-0127445
Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 16/11/1999.