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What is the difference between OTC and Prescription drugs?

Asked by T. Lopez, Last updated: Jul 28, 2020

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Howard Reyes

Howard Reyes, Science Teacher, California

Answered Jul 04, 2019

OTC in health care stands for over the counter. Certain drugs can be bought over the counter. This means that you do not need a prescription to get the drugs. You walk into a pharmacy and take the drugs off of the shelf and purchase them at the cash register. Prescription drugs, on the other hand, require a prescription from a doctor.

OTC in health care stands for over the counter. Certain drugs can be bought over the counter. This
Most of the time, if not all of the time, you would need to go to the doctor and have him, or she looks you over before writing you a prescription for a medicine that you have not taken before. Then the doctor will give you a piece of paper to take to the pharmacy. If you do not have one for that prescription drug, the pharmacist will not fill the medicine for you.

 

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