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Consumers today are taking a more active role in their health care and self-diagnosing and self-medicating with over the counter medications, as well as dietary supplements and herbals. Historically NCL has been in favor of a "behind-the-counter" drug class to increase patient access to those medications they can safely use, after consultation with a pharmacist, to self-treat conditions they can self-diagnose. A BTC class would expand the range of conditions that patients can self-treat without spending time or money on a doctor’s visit. NCL's Rebecca Burkholder recently testified before the Food and Drug Administration about why and how NCL would support a new BTC class of drugs.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, ask your doctor or nurse before taking any medication (OTC or prescription). It is especially important not to use aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen sodium during the last three months of pregnancy unless directed to do so by a doctor, because these medicines may cause problems in the unborn child, or complications during delivery.