FDA Looking Into Use of Technology Tools To Help People Self-Diagnose, Obtain Medications
FDA is considering whether consumers should be able to use online questionnaires, patient kiosks or other technologies to conduct self-screenings and obtain certain medications that currently require prescriptions
Experts say such technology could allow FDA to make certain drugs used to treat conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, asthma and migraines available over-the-counter.
In an iHealthBeat Special Report by Kelly Wilkinson, experts discussed the potential use of technology to help expand the number of medications available without a prescription. The Special Report includes comments from:
- Marcie Bough, director of Federal Regulatory Affairs at the American Pharmacists Association;
- Charles Daniels, professor of clinical pharmacy and pharmacist-in-chief at the University of California-San Diego; and
- Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, general internist and chair-elect of the American Medical Association's council on science and public health (Wilkinson, iHealthBeat, 4/18).
The complete transcript of this Special Report is available as a PDF.