antibiotics also can cause unanticipated side effects, such as rashes or allergic reactions.
Latino migrant workers cover 66 percent of people who take nonprescription
antibiotics, while only 1 percent of clinic patients took the same medications without medical guidance.
The researchers found that depending on population characteristics, the prevalence of nonprescription
antibiotic use varied from 1 to 66 percent, while storage of antibiotics for future use varied from 14 to 48 percent; the prevalence of intention to use antibiotics without a prescription was 25 percent.
The results showed that the nonprescription
sales of antibiotics were most common for Amoxicillin, Ciprofloxacin, and Azithromycin.
Under the revised Pharmaceutical Affairs Act, convenience store and supermarket chain operators will be allowed to sell most nonprescription
products such as cold and stomach medicines at outlets staffed with registered sales clerks.
Pursuant to the Congressmen's request, the GAO updated its 1995 evaluation in a report released in early 2009, Nonprescription
Drugs: Considerations Regarding a Behind-the-Counter Drug Class.
This study adds important information about the frequency of use of nonprescription
medications and supplements in the US.
'But what people don't fully appreciate is that nonprescription
drugs can interact with prescription drugs and even other nonprescription
A review of information presented at a joint Nonprescription
Drugs and Pediatric Advisory Committee meeting in October 2007, along with reports received by FDA officials about side effects, led to the conclusion that over-the-counter cough and cold remedies are neither safe nor effective for infants and children younger than 2.
approval to copy Johnson & Johnson's (New Brunswick NJ) nonprescription
allergy medicine Zyrtec.
The FDA has approved Zyrtec-D (cetirizine HCl 5 mg and pseudoephedrine HCl 120 mg), an allergy drug, for nonprescription
use in adults and children 12 years of age and older.
Another infant had received a prescription combination of pseudoephedrine, carbinoxamine, and dextromethorphan and also a nonprescription
medicine containing both pseudoephedrine and acetaminophen.