Once again the switch of prescription medicines to over-the-counter status has sparked a legal battle among manufacturers, leaving supermarkets and their pharmacists caught in the middle and consumers asking questions about the efficacy of such drugs. The battle has shifted from analgesics and the Aleve introduction last year to the antacid category with the rollouts this summer of Pepcid AC and Tagamet HB, the new over-the-counter remedies for the relief of heartburn. Soon after the ...

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