Monday, April 30, 2012

Get Your Drugs Without a Doc

The FDA is considering allowing us to purchase some commonly used medications without a prescription from a doctor. Medications used for high blood pressure or diabetes may be obtained without first seeing a doctor.    

This practice is common in European countries where a pharmacist is allowed to "prescribe" and sell medications.

Under the changes that the agency is considering, patients could diagnose their ailments by answering questions online or at a pharmacy kiosk in order to buy current prescription-only drugs for conditions such as high cholesterol, certain infections, migraine headaches, asthma or allergies.

By removing the prescription requirement from popular drugs, theObama administration could ease financial pressures on the overburdened Medicare system by paying for fewer doctor visits and possibly opening the door to make seniors pay a larger share of the cost of their medications.
So how about birth control pills, or E.D. medication? 
And since this is the government, don't you find it odd that you may be able to purchase medication without a doctor's prescription but if you want to purchase OTC medication and have it covered by your HSA you need a prescription?
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