| Comment Record|
Mr. Gary Gibson ||
2000-06-30 14:21:27 |
US Naval Academy |
| Comments for FDA General |
1. General Comments
I would like to make a suggesting concerning the proposal
to make relatively safe prescription drugs available OTC.
My suggestion is to require a medical qualification card
similiar to the card required by pilots and truck drivers
with a physical required once a year to keep the card from
expiring. This would allow the consumer to buy relatively
safe prescription drugs such as cholesterol lowering drugs,
blood pressure medication, birth control pills, asthma drugs, and other drugs that the FDA deems relatively safe.
The pharmacy would check the card along with a photo id at
the time of purchase, but no prescription would be required.
The card would have the patient's name, age, etc. and an
expiration date. On the back of the card the doctor could write down any disqualifications. For example, if the patient was found to have low blood pressure, the doctor could write in the area designated for disqualifications - no blood pressure lowering drugs.
Those who have not received a physical and card could still
get a prescription for these relatively safe drugs.
Drugs with more serious side effects and those that are often abused would not apply and would still require a prescription.
I think this would be a good compromise and help to lower
costs. It would also encourage yearly physicals.
US Naval Aademy