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over the counter

1. Of a medicinal product, not requiring a doctor's prescription to be purchased. (Hyphenated if used before a noun.) I thought the infection was serious, but I just needed an over-the-counter cream. It wasn't until 1985 that this medication was available over the counter.
2. Of stocks, negotiated directly between buyer and seller, without being listed on an official stock exchange. He was offering an incredible price, so we just sold the stocks over the counter.
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over the counter

Fig. [of medication bought or sold] without a prescription. (Hyphenated when prenominal. See also under the counter.) This is a good product. You can buy it over the counter. I don't put much trust in over-the-counter medications.
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over the counter

by ordinary retail purchase, with no need for a prescription or licence.
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over the ˈcounter

goods, especially medicines, for sale over the counter can be bought without written permission from a doctor: These tablets are available over the counter.
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over the counter

1. Without being listed or available on an officially recognized stock exchange but in trade by direct negotiation between buyers and sellers: bought stocks over the counter.
2. Without a doctor's prescription being legally required: cold medicine that is available over the counter.
See also: counter, over
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Isakson and Caseys Over-the-Counter Drug Safety, Innovation, and Reform Act could also speed up the current years-long approval process for these medications.
Prior to 2011, over-the-counter drugs were qualified medical expense.
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Including over-the-counter treatment in NHS electronic patient records could make an important contribution to patient safety, the report said
It is important to note that over-the-counter items purchased for general health purposes such as vitamins or suntan lotion still are not reimbursable.
The Internal Revenue Service has ruled that Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs) can pay for over-the-counter medicines with pre-tax dollars if their plans allow it.
As a result, major news organizations have developed stories that feature consumers complaining about having to pay the full over-the-counter price for Claritin or a higher copayment for prescription allergy drugs.
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In the mid-1990s, evidence in favor of deregulation of the pill showed that it meets all customary criteria for over-the-counter status: It poses no known health risks, has only minor side effects and can be used without medical supervision.
8 billion global market for over-the-counter medicines, according to specialized research firm IMS.
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