FDA Considers Easing Restrictions on Prescriptions

In a move that is sure to raise eyebrows among consumer safety advocates, the FDA is considering making certain drugs available to consumers without prescriptions. Essentially, the move would cede control over certain drugs to pharmacists who would screen patients for safety and dosing issues. However, with such recent drug safety problems evidenced in Zyprexa, Avandia, Vioxx, Bextra, and Zelnorm, this seems to be a curious move by the FDA.