In a move that could help the government trim its burgeoning health care costs, the Food and Drug Administration may soon permit Americans to obtain some drugs used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes without obtaining a prescription.
says over-the-counter distribution would let patients get drugs for
many common conditions without the time and expense of visiting a
doctor, but medical providers call the change medically unsound and note
that it also may mean that insurance no longer will pay for the drugs.
“The problem is medicine is just not that simple,” said Dr. Matthew Mintz,
an internist at George Washington University Hospital. “You can’t just
follow rules and weigh all the pros and cons. It needs to be