Regulators consider policy shift on some drugs


March 8, 2012 3:04:41 PM PST
Commonly used prescription drugs such as those for high blood pressure and diabetes may become available over the counter.

The plan that is being considered by U.S. regulators would be a major shift in policy.

The Food and Drug Administration is seeking public comment until Friday on a way to makes these medications more readily available.

The goal is to make sure people take these drugs as needed while still understanding safety issues.

Experts say an unwillingness of people to take certain medications as prescribed has undermined effective treatment of these conditions, raising the cost of healthcare in the U.S.