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FDA Considering Making Many Drugs OTC

FDA Considering Making Many Drugs OTC

Story at-a-glance -

  • The FDA is holding a two-day meeting to discuss whether medications for numerous chronic diseases should be made available over-the-counter (OTC), without a prescription
  • The majority of Americans are already taking too many drugs, and easier access makes it likely that people will take even more -- even though there are many risks to self-medicating, and many chronic conditions are best treated without drugs.
  • Anyone engaging in “polypharmacy” (taking more than one drug) increases their risk of experiencing harmful side effects exponentially, and this is true of both prescription and OTC drugs
  • Easier access to drugs is not the answer to solving the nation’s failing health; your body can heal itself if you give it the proper "tools” -- and this is true even if you have certain chronic diseases

By Dr. Mercola

If you're an "average" 65-year-old (or older) adult living in the United States, you fill more than 31 prescriptions per year.

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