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Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drug

  • By: Joshua J. Gagne
  • In: Encyclopedia of Global Health
  • Edited by: Yawei Zhang
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Health Education & Health Promotion

Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are medicines that may be purchased without a prescription from a medical provider with prescribing authority, such as a physician. In the U.S., there are more than 80 therapeutic categories of OTC drugs, ranging from acne drug products ...

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