TOPICS : 03- HEALTHCARE / 03- MELCLASS Database on the legal classification of medicines as regards their supply  / 01. What does the prescription status of a medicine mean? 


The prescription status of a medicine (i.e. the classification of a medicine as regards its supply) determines whether or not you need a medical prescription to obtain that medicine. Medicines available upon presentation of a medical prescription only are called prescription medicines. Medicines available without a prescription are often called “over-the-counter” medicines (abbr.: “OTC” medicines). The legal classification of a medicine as regards its supply is decided by the regulatory authorities of Member States.


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