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The FDA recently proposed new guidelines to make it easier for some common medications to be sold without a prescription. These include cholesterol-lowering drugs and Narcan, which is a drug to treat overdoses, already sold without prescriptions in some places. To combat patients potentially taking inappropriate drugs, the FDA has suggested adding information to the packaging labels and providing online questionnaires to help people decide if a drug is right for them.
While there are some pros, namely, this most likely will lower costs, The Doctors discuss their concerns. Allowing people to self-prescribe and self-dose can get them into trouble. For example, OB/GYN expert Dr. Nita Landry worries if people are using cholesterol-lowering drugs, they may not seek a doctor’s care but may need it. Dr. Nita says they’ll need a doctor to monitor if the drug is working as well as if there are other related health disorders.
ER physician expert Dr. Travis Stork thinks this availability of drugs opens up a Pandora’s box. As a country that is already over medicated, he says we need to get people to the place of getting on the right medications rather than just more medications. Drug interactions could lead to negative side effects and people may end up harming themselves. “There is no such thing as a medicine that doesn’t have the potential to have a bad reaction,” Dr. Travis warns viewers. Additionally, someone may take a drug for what should be short-term usage, and continue to use it for way too long.
Dr. Travis urges anyone taking an over-the-counter-drug to let their doctor know about it. Also, if taking multiple medications, keep a list available in case anything does go wrong and you get sick.