U.S. to Make More Drugs Easily Available, Cutting Role Docs Play

I have a bad feeling about this…

From Bloomberg–

Americans may soon be able to get cholesterol-lowering medications and other widely used prescription drugs without seeing a doctor, a first step in
what could amount to sweeping changes to how patients access treatments for chronic conditions.

The Food and Drug Administration in a draft guideline on Tuesday outlined how such a status, which the agency said could help lower health-care costs,
would work. Patients could answer questions on a mobile-phone app to help determine whether they should be able to access a medication without a
prescription.

“Our hope is that the steps we’re taking to advance this new, more modern framework will contribute to lower costs for our health care system overall
and provide greater efficiency and empowerment for consumers by increasing the availability of certain products that would otherwise be available only by
prescription,” FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in a statement.