WASHINGTON – Going to the doctor isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time. Now there’s a proposal to let patients skip trips to the doctor to get medicine without a prescription.
The idea is to change the status of some drugs from prescription to over-the-counter, similar to what happened with Plan-B and allergy meds such as Claritin and Allegra.
The proposal being considered by the Food and Drug Administration would be for you to answer questions online or at a pharmacy kiosk to get medicine to treat chronic conditions, such as high cholesterol, migraine headaches, diabetes and asthma.
The FDA still is collecting comments from the public. There’s no time-line yet on when a decision is expected, The Washington Times.
The proposal is being considered as a cost-saving measure for the Medicare system that would have to pay for fewer visits to doctors. However, out-of-pocket costs to patients could go up because most insurance companies don’t help pay for over-the-counter drugs.