The prescription-to-nonprescription switch process is a dynamic movement that has radically expanded the number of medical conditions for which consumers can self-medicate. Recent Rx-to-OTC switches include products for gastroesophageal reflux, overactive bladder in women, weight loss, and allergic conjunctivitis. However, the goal of moving cholesterol-lowering medications to nonprescription status has been elusive, despite vigorous efforts initiated by the manufacturers of these products.
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