Part 1: EU reclassification (Rx to OTC switch) regulatory framework – what are the key challenges for industry and how might these be overcome?

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Rx to OTC switch is the regulatory process that medicines must go through before they can be purchased in a pharmacy or shop without a prescription. This research investigated the challenges faced by the pharmaceutical industry with this process in the European Union and proposes where improvements could be made. It is important for consumers to have direct access to medicines without a prescription as this allows time for doctors to focus on more urgent care needs. This emphasis on consumer “self-care” is even more important now, during a pandemic, when face-to- face consultations with doctors have reduced.

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