Prescription Drugs Vs. Over-the-Counter (OTC) Drugs

Prescription Drugs Vs. Over-the-Counter (OTC) DrugsA drug is a substance anticipated for use in the analysis, treat, alleviation, treatment, or prevention of ailment.

There are few  main differences between prescription drugs and OTC drugs.

Prescription drugs

A prescription drug also prescription medication or prescription medicine is a pharmaceutical drug that legally requires a medical prescription to be dispensed.

  • These are Prescribed by a doctor
  • Acquired from the pharmacy only
  • These are prescribed for and proposed to be used by one person
  • These are regulated by FDA through the New Drug Application (NDA) process.
  • This is the formal step a drug sponsor takes to ask that the FDA consider approving a new drug for marketing in the United States.

OTC drugs are:

Drugs that are secure and effectual for use by the general public without a prescription are called as over-the-counter (OTC) drugs. These drugs are often located on shelves in pharmacies with easy access by patients, These are also be available in non-pharmacy outlets, such as grocery stores, convenience stores and retailers.

  • The Drugs that not require a doctor’s prescription.
  • Can be purchased off-the-shelf in medical and other stores
  • Regulated by FDA through OTC Drug monographs.

Created By: Vinita Bhandari


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