FDA: New efforts to empower consumers by advancing access to nonprescription drugs – Drug for nerve pain boosts high for opioid abusers.

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FDA announced Tuesday a new initiative to establish innovative approaches to increase access to a wider selection of nonprescription drug products for consumers. The goal, said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, is to empower consumers “to self-treat common conditions and potentially some chronic conditions.” Gottlieb noted that not all prescription medications “can or should be available directly to consumers,” but certain types of drugs “are appropriate for nonprescription use if we are able to ensure access to resources that will help patients determine if the medicine is right for them.”

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