The FDA reps asked whether the access problem would be solved by an age restriction or the creation of a third class of pharmaceutical distribution, such as the behind-the-counter
status used in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Such events include the multi-billion dollar global withdrawal of Vioxx(R), the FDA's review and subsequent denial of OTC status for the cholesterol lowering drug Mevacor(R) and pending state legislation requiring behind-the-counter
status for pseudoephedrine.
WASHINGTON -- The Food and Drug Administration has no immediate plans to seek establishment of a new, behind-the-counter
class of drugs, officials said at a meeting on the topic in November.
Several panelists in the FDA statin hearings said they wouldn't vote for over-the-counter access but would happily go for a behind-the-counter option if one were available.
In the absence of any evidence that behind-the-counter screening increases consumer caution, some doctors see this option as little more than a way to make skittish regulators more comfortable with the transition to over-the-counter status.
And while the behind-the-counter trend seems to be moving toward easier access, it can also lurch backward.
Healthnotes also generates behind-the-counter
applications that are licensed to e-commerce and health-related Internet sites worldwide.
HNI also creates custom applications for integration in behind-the-counter
systems and licenses content to Internet sites worldwide.
The Red Tag cases neither impact the studios' handling and automated fulfilment processes nor their costs and will reduce security handling at retailer level, compared to case-keepers or behind-the-counter
In addition, Healthnotes generates several behind-the-counter
applications that are licensed to intranet and Internet sites worldwide.
ITN offers travelers unprecedented access to behind-the-counter
travel technology," said Ken Swanton, CEO for Internet Travel Network.
The services will include walk-up workstations enabling users to easily design and print compound documents incorporating full- color images, as well as behind-the-counter
workstations that Kinko's personnel will use to write Photo CD Portfolio II discs for customers.