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Over-the-counter drugs favored

Posted - Nov. 11, 2004 at 3:20 p.m.



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ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov 11, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Slightly more than half of all U.S. adults favor buying more drugs over the counter without a doctor's prescription, a survey shows.

Some 28 percent are against it, a Harris Interactive poll indicated Thursday.

While many people support this trend, they are split about risk: two in five (40 percent) believe there is a serious risk to public health if more prescription drugs are made available over-the-counter, while 38 percent feel there is no serious risk.

Harris sampled 2,123 U.S. adults online on Oct. 20-22.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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