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Mevacor OTC opinions

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

American Pharmacists Association supports a "strong role" for pharmacists if an Rx-to-OTC switch of lovastatin 20 mg were to be approved, former APhA President Janet Engle says Jan. 14. An APhA task force developed the "pharmacy care OTC" category for drugs to treat chronic, asymptomatic conditions last fall (1"The Tan Sheet" Nov. 8, 2004, p. 10). J&J/Merck says OTC Mevacor should be sold only in retail outlets with a pharmacy. FDA's Nonprescription Drugs and Endocrinologic & Metabolic Drugs advisory committees voted 20-3 against the switch...

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