Recent controversies over prescription medicines may result in a slower pace in switching drugs to over-the-counter status, supermarket pharmacy executives told SN. Because of the increased scrutiny given drugs in the COX-2 class of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Vioxx, Celebrex and Bextra, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is likely to be more careful in approving OTC switches. For example, the anti-cholesterol drugs known as statins, although long mentioned as ...

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