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 JS-695: Treasury and IRS Announce over-the-counter Drugs to be covered by Health Care
While an over-the-counter drug is less expensive than the prescription drug, the cost to many consumers increases because the price paid by the consumer for the over-the-counter drug is greater than the co-payment by the consumer when the drug was covered by insurance.
The ruling concludes that amounts paid for medicines or drugs that may be purchased without a prescription of a physician are not taken into account pursuant to § 213(b) and are therefore not deductible under § 213.
Section 1.213-1(e)(2) states that the term "medicine and drugs" includes only items that are legally procured and generally accepted as falling within the category of medicine and drugs.
www.treas.gov /press/releases/js695.htm   (1271 words)

 CORK Bibliography: Over-the-counter Drugs
Over-the- counter drugs were found in 301 of the pilots analyzed.
Though widely available over the counter or by mail order in America and Europe, some of these 'supplements' are actually potent drugs such as androstenedione and ephedrine, We sought to estimate the prevalence of these forms of drug use in American gymnasiums.
By considering the estimates of drug mentions and episodes relative to the size of the population at risk, the rates yield standardized measures that can be compared across selected drugs, metropolitan areas, and gender and age groups.
www.projectcork.org /bibliographies/data/Bibliography_Over-the-counter_Drugs.html   (11909 words)

 Over the counter drugs Information
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Over-the-Counter Drugs for Cold, Flu, Allergy, and Sinus Infection When you browse the over-the-counter (OTC) medicine aisle of a drug store or supermarket, you may be overwhelmed at the variety of...
If you need help locating over the counter drugs then you've come to the right place because we have all the over the counter drugs you could want.
drug.6infostorm8.info /pass-a-drug-test/over-the-counter-drugs.html   (373 words)

 BBC NEWS Health Over-the-counter heart drugs plan
"To date, all drugs available over the counter have been for symptom control however, the prescribing of statins is about the prevention, or treatment, of those at significant risk of heart disease or stroke.
This is despite the fact the drugs are currently restricted to those with a 30% chance of having a heart attack or stroke in the next 10 years.
However, he said it was vital that the public was not put at risk, and that access to the drugs was not restricted only to hose who can afford them.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/health/3274397.stm   (660 words)

 Over-the-Counter Drugs Used To Treat Osteoarthritis
Even an over-the-counter drug, like acetaminophen which is generally considered as "safe," should be discussed with your doctor before being used to treat arthritis.
Nonprescription, or over-the-counter (OTC), drugs used to treat osteoarthritis include traditional painkillers, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, and supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin.
On April 7, 2005 the Food and Drug Administration asked the manufacturers of prescription and OTC NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen and naproxen, to include a boxed warning indicating the potential increased risk of cardiovascular events and gastrointestinal bleeding associated with NSAID use.
www.muscles-and-bones.com /osteoarthritis/over-the-counter.php   (625 words)

 Prescription drug side effects at SAMHSA's NCADI
The side effects of prolonged and excessive use of these drugs are excessive urination or thirst, diarrhea, vomiting, drowsiness, dizziness or muscle weakness.
Students studying long hours for exams, athletes who feel the drugs will improve their performance, and workers who want to stay awake on the job often use stimulants.
Some of the original drugs of this group were Nardil, Tofranil and Elavil.
www.health.org /nongovpubs/prescription   (943 words)

 USATODAY.com - FDA panel backs over-the-counter allergy drugs
If the drugs are reclassified as over the counter, insurance companies would no longer have to pay for them.
The allergy drugs are known as second generation antihistamines because they dry up allergy symptoms without causing drowsiness so common with first generation over-the-counter drugs.
Drug companies countered that the move would force consumers into a "risky trial-and-error gamble with their health, their quality of life and their money."
www.usatoday.com /money/general/2001-05-11-allergy-drugs.htm   (792 words)

 Non-Prescription and Over-The-Counter Drugs
Over-the-counter (OTC) drugs can be sold directly to consumers, with fewer warnings than had previously been given to the doctors who used to prescribe these drugs.
While OTC drugs certainly reduce the cost to consumers, they also provide a huge incentive to drug manufactures to market the beneficial effects and increase the demand and usage of their product.
Thus, while a patient may be on one OTC drug, prescription of a another drug may cause harmful effects, and even death, when the two drugs are used together.
www.civilrights.com /med_nonprescript.html   (358 words)

 Over the Counter Drugs - Drugs in Sports - Choices in Sports - NCAA
Narcotic-related drugs Narcotic-related drugs are either chemically similar to narcotics or are used to treat narcotic withdrawal or over dose.
Student athletes who use or intend to use OTC drugs should verify permission to use these drugs with the team athletic trainer or team physician, because some OTC drugs contain stimulants which may result in a positive urinalysis.
Medications known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), have analgesic (pain killing) and anti-inflammatory actions and are used to alleviate problems associated with pain and swelling of injuries.
www.drugfreesport.com /choices/drugs/counter.html   (938 words)

 Monitor intake of over-the-counter drugs
These drugs are related to aspirin and have the same side effects on the gastrointestinal tract - gastritis, ulcers and bleeding.
If you need these drugs for long periods of time, you should be under the care of a physician.
The most common reason these drugs are taken is to relieve the pain of degenerative joint disease, also called osteoarthritis.
www.lubbockonline.com /news/100297/monitor.htm   (647 words)

 Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Resource Center- provides resources for people with paralysis due to spinal cord injury or other disability. : Health : Pain
Scientists are working toward the development of a morphine-like drug that will have the pain-deadening qualities of morphine but without the drug's negative side effects, such as sedation and the potential for addiction.
Opioids are derived from the poppy plant and are among the oldest drugs known to humankind.
Another antiepileptic drug, gabapentin, is being studied for its pain-relieving properties, especially as a treatment for neuropathic pain.
www.paralysis.org /Health/HealthList.cfm?c=12   (1843 words)

 Over-The-Counter Drugs
A drug is permitted for OTC sale unless, because of potential toxicity or for other reasons, it may be safely sold and used only under a prescription.
Two major classes of drugs are used to reduce pain or the awareness of pain: anesthetics and analgesics.
The 1962 Kefauver-Harrris amendment required that all drugs be evaluated for both safety and efficacy.
www.u.arizona.edu /~tommyb/Overthecounter.html   (1232 words)

Drugs that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for shifts to over-the-counter status include some nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen, naproxen, and ketoprofen), histamine2-receptor blockers (such as cimetidine, ranitidine, and famotidine), topical antifungal agents, and nicotine-based smoking-cessation products.
Optimal therapy with an over-the-counter drug requires that the consumer diagnose the underlying condition correctly and use the drug in a manner that minimizes risk.
Although determining whether a drug meets this standard is ultimately a matter of judgment, there are some generally accepted criteria that may be useful in guiding that judgment.
scienceweek.com /2005/sw050701-6.htm   (1464 words)

 Delays Possible for Over-the-Counter Allergy Drugs
The agency must consider each drug individually, she said, and decide whether each is safe enough to be used over the counter.
But analysts say the proposal could substantially hurt their profits since prices for over-the-counter drugs are generally much lower than those charged for prescription medicines.
The three drug companies have argued that it would be risky for patients to diagnose their own allergy treatments.
www.globalaging.org /health/us/allergy2.htm   (908 words)

 What is driving the rise in over the counter drugs?
The number of drugs being switched from prescription to over the counter availability is likely to continue to rise, and healthcare funders are likely to support manufacturers' applications to switch some drugs in an effort to curb the growth of prescription drugs, they say.
Generally, a prescription drug becomes a candidate for over the counter availability if it is used for a non-chronic condition that is relatively easy to self-diagnose and has low potential for harm from abuse.
Much has been said about the UK Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency's controversial decision in May 2004 to reclassify simvastatin 10mg as an over the counter medicine, as there have been no clinical trials of over the counter statins for prevention of heart disease.
www.eurekalert.org /pub_releases/2004-12/bmj-wid123004.php   (327 words)

 Information About Over-The-Counter Drugs Malpractice from Dessen, Moses & Sheinoff
In one, the drug manufacturer tried to argue that the doctor had a duty to discuss the drug reactions with the person and that the said person should have called the treating doctor.
It should be noted that a printed drug label containing adverse reactions is a requirement imposed upon the pharmaceutical manufacturer by the FDA with prescription drugs.
Also, the drug company does not have to rely on the physician to prescribe, and thereby sell, their medication.
www.dms-lawyer.com /area/otc.shtml   (904 words)

 DEA - Publications - Get It Straight! - Posse 1
The effects of the drugs will vary according to how much of the drug is taken, how it is taken, how often it's taken, and the user's expectations of what the drug will do.
When users develop a drug tolerance, more and more of the drug is needed in order to get the desired high.
This means that your body and mind think they need the drug to function properly.
www.usdoj.gov /dea/pubs/straight/prescrip.htm   (921 words)

 Over-the-Counter Drug Products
Over-the-Counter (OTC) drug products are those drugs that are available to consumers without a prescription.
As with prescription drugs, CDER oversees OTC drugs to ensure that they are properly labeled and that their benefits outweigh their risks.
OTC drugs play an increasingly vital role in America's health care system by providing easy access to certain drugs that can be used safely without the help of a health care practitioner.
www.fda.gov /cder/handbook/otcintro.htm   (358 words)

 HealthScout-Consumer Health News, Information and Resources Updated Daily-Alternative Medicine-Over-the-Counter Drugs Can Pack a Punch
As with prescription medicines, the FDA oversees over-the-counter drugs to ensure they are properly labeled and that their benefits outweigh their risks.
And over-the-counter drugs typically cost much less than prescription medications.
Another area of concern, Carroll and Evans agree, is the possible interaction between prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs.
www.healthscout.com /news/1/520305/main.html   (955 words)

 Clearer Labels on Over-the-Counter Drugs Make Them Easier to Take
These guidelines call for all nonprescription drugs to have the information regarding proper use in a clearly defined box and presented in a standard format.
Proper use of a drug goes beyond using it only for the use indicated, says Walson.
The medication should only be taken at the dosage given on the label, and only for the amount of time indicated, he says.
my.webmd.com /content/article/19/1728_50182   (426 words)

 Wisconsin DETF - Hot Topic
Employee Reimbursement Account Program (ERA) Reimbursement Over-The-Counter (OTC) Medicines and Drugs
The OTC drugs and supplies must be purchased for use by you, your spouse and/or dependents to treat a specific medical condition and in quantities intended for use in the same plan year in which you claim reimbursement for their cost.
To request reimbursement for OTC drugs, submit receipts that clearly state the purchase date and name of the drug or supply along with your ERA Reimbursement Request form to Fringe Benefits Management Company (FBMC).* Some examples of the categories that are eligible OTC items, medicines and drugs include:
etf.wi.gov /news/ht_20031020.htm   (324 words)

 Dog Owner's Guide:Over-the-counter drugs can poison pets
Although many over-the-counter and prescription drugs can be used to treat pain in humans and nonhuman animals, pet owners who prescribe non-prescription pain relievers for Fido or Fluffy can jeopardize health and lives.
Caution is necessary; these drugs can reduce mucous protection of the stomach and lead to ulcers; cause damage to the kidneys and other organs by reducing blood flow to these organs; suppress bone marrow; and cause bleeding disorders.
This drug is broken down by enzymes in the liver, and cats do not have enough of the necessary enzymes to do the job.
www.canismajor.com /dog/nsaids.html   (1046 words)

 levodopa-carbidopa - Medications: prescription drugs and over the counter drugs on MedicineNet.com
levodopa-carbidopa - Medications: prescription drugs and over the counter drugs on MedicineNet.com
DRUG INTERACTIONS: The use of amantadine (Symmetrel), benztropine (Cogentin), procyclidine (Kemadrin), or trihexyphenidyl (Artane) with levodopa-carbidopa can enhance the anti- Parkinson's effects of levodopa.
These drugs, therefore, can worsen Parkinson's disease and reverse the beneficial effects of levodopa.
www.medicinenet.com /levodopa-carbidopa/article.htm   (758 words)

 Over-the-Counter Drugs for Cold, Flu, Allergy, and Sinus Infection - Allergy Care Guide - DrGreene.com
When you browse the over-the-counter (OTC) medicine aisle of a drug store or supermarket, you may be overwhelmed at the variety of products used to treat similar conditions.
Analgesic drugs such as aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol®), ibuprofen (Advil®, Motrin®), naproxyn (Aleve®), and ketoprofen (Orudis KT®) work to relieve overall body aches and pains.
Word of caution: Some OTC drugs should not be used if you are taking other medicines or if you have certain medical conditions.
www.drgreene.com /21_1274.html   (1464 words)

 Monitoring the safety of over the counter drugs -- Clark et al. 323 (7315): 706 -- BMJ
Over the counter drugs: the interface between self medication and the NHS.
Monitoring the safety of over the counter drugs -- Clark et al.
Bradley C, Blenkinsopp A. Over the counter drugs.
bmj.bmjjournals.com /cgi/content/full/323/7315/706   (968 words)

 over-the-counter drugs articles and information
It turns out that taking such drugs during late pregnancy puts the health of their babies at risk and leads to birth complications that may require prolonged hospitalization, breathing support, and tube feeding.
The thought is downright horrifying to those who know the true dangers of statin drugs -- muscle wasting, brain fog, even the risk of birth defects -- but it's just "business as usual" at Big Pharma.
- How to reclaim your natural health power from the doctors, drug companies and food marketers who have stolen your right to be healthy and happy.
www.newstarget.com /over-the-counter_drugs.html   (762 words)

 Parents. The Anti-Drug. -- Drug Information - DXM
Talk with preteens and teens about the proper use of all medications (including those that are available over the counter) and the health risks associated with their abuse.
Misuse of the drug creates both depressant and mild hallucinogenic effects.
Know the Risks associated with Prescription drug abuse.
www.theantidrug.com /drug_info/drug_info_dxm.asp   (769 words)

 The American Geriatrics Society - Education - OTC and Prescription Drugs
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is suggesting to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) a requirement that all over-the-counter labels be written in large print and use language that is easily understood.
Prescription drugs should be taken only by the patient for whom they are prescribed.
The AGS has also asked manufacturers to clearly label the generic name of the drug, the family of medications it belongs to, and to list the names of drugs that would have similar effects.
www.americangeriatrics.org /education/forum/otcdrug.shtml   (805 words)

 Over-the-Counter Drugs and Medicines - FAQs
Anyone who is unsure whether a product is exempt as an over-the-counter drug or medicine may call our tax-help hotline, 1-800-252-5555, for more information.
No, pregnancy tests, home drug tests, home colon cancer tests, and other tests that are not applied to the body do not meet the definition of drug or medicine and are not exempt under this provision.
The presence of the drug or medicine qualifies the prophylactic for the exemption.
www.window.state.tx.us /taxinfo/faq_otc.html   (629 words)

As consumers assume greater responsibility for their own health, and as more drugs become available over-the-counter, consumers must be provided with easy-to-read and understandable information on the drug label.
Thus, it is extremely important that OTC drug products be clearly and uniformly labeled to ensure their safe and effective use by consumers.
In order for the information appearing on the new OTC drug label to be of any use to the consumer, it must be in large enough type size, with adequate spacing, to be legible.
www.natlconsumersleague.org /otclabel.htm   (1411 words)

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