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The FDA considers making some drugs for diabetes, asthma, and other ailments available over the counter.
A new proposal being considered by regulators at the US Food and Drug Administration could eliminate the need for a prescription for a number of widely-used drugs, including those for diabetes, asthma, and migraines.
FDA officials say that thanks to new computer technologies such as touch-screen kiosks that allow patients to self-diagnose certain diseases, removing prescription requirements
De-risking Diabetes Drug Development
“Diabetes in humans is complex and we are losing the war with this complexity. Much of drug development in Type II Diabetes, T2D, is in limbo, due to the inability to predict clinical benefit or risk from targeted interventions,” ...“The future of T2D medicines development will belong to those who understand the pathogenesis of this disease in its various forms in human populations, not necessarily to those with the best targets and chemistry.”
Originally posted by Erongaricuaro
If a person has diabetes or asthma they don't need a doctor continually telling them they do. These people know how to test their blood sugar or know when they have shortness of breath. The drugs they need are a regular part of their life and they just need regular access to them without sitting in a doctor's waiting room.
One thing Americans will always attempt to prescribe for everyone else is a nanny.
edit on 13-3-2012 by Erongaricuaro because: (no reason given)