over-the-counter drug

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over-the-counter drug

A therapeutic agent that does not require a prescription, which the FDA feels can be safely self-prescribed by non-physicians. Cf Prescription drug, Under-the-counter.
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This strategy has resulted in several products, previously only available through pharmacies, being switched from P-line (pharmacy-only) to General Sales List (GSL), allowing them to be sold in grocery and impulse stores.
During 2004, over-the-counter medicine suppliers collectively applied for licences to switch summer medicine lines that were previously pharmacy-only on to the General Sales List.
As Mintel notes in its recent minor ailments report: "The switch of many products from pharmacy to General Sales List (grocery) status is chiefly responsible for rising sales in the supermarkets.

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