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FDA Seeks Opinion From Public About Behind-The-Counter Medicine

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WASHINGTON (AP)- Food and Drug Administration leaders want to know what you think about more drugs being offered without a prescription.

Next month they will be meeting to discuss whether people should be able to buy certain drugs directly from a pharmacist like birth control pills.

The move could make medications more affordable because patients will not have to pay for a doctor's visit.

Tri-Cities resident Lara Reser has a four-month old infant and said it is really tough to pay for medication for her whole family.  

Reser said, "The drugs are so expensive, my husband and I both work full time, but that's not enough to pay for most of these drugs. They make it hard for us these days."

Authorities are looking to see if selling more behind the counter medicine would help people who do not have insurance.

Last year the FDA allowed women over 18 access to the morning after pill without a doctor's prescription.