Over-the-counter drugs are the medicines that are sold directly to the buyer without the necessity for a prescription from a health care expert, as in opposition to prescription drugs, that shall be supplied just to the buyers having a valid prescription. In most, if the countries, over-the-counter drugs are chosen by a regulatory agency ensuring which they contain ingredients are effective and safe when used without the physician’s care.

Over-the-counter drugs are generally regulated as per to their active pharmaceutical ingredient rather than the final products. By regulating APIs rather than the specific drug formulations, the authorities allow the manufacturers the freedom to formulate the ingredients, or the ingredients combinations, into proprietary mixtures.

According to the general rule, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs must be used fundamentally to treat a condition that doesn’t require the direct supervision of a doctor and should be proven to be reasonably well-tolerated and safe.
Over-the-counter drugs are generally likewise required to have little or no abuse potential, however in some areas drugs such as codeine are available over-the-counter (generally in strictly limited formulations or requirements of the paperwork or the identification to be submitted during buying).

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