ICHP Position Statement - Prescription Drug Reclassification

The Illinois Council of Health-System Pharmacists (ICHP) supports the switch of drugs from legend status to over the counter (OTC) status when the drug can be used by consumers safely and effectively to treat select medical conditions that can be self-diagnosed and managed without medical supervision.

ICHP recognizes the trend toward greater consumer participation in their healthcare and that having safe and effective OTC products available supports this trend.

ICHP also supports the development of an intermediate category of non-prescription drugs that would only be available from a pharmacist.  Pharmacists would be able to provide these drugs to patients along with appropriate clinical assessment, monitoring and professional consultation. 

Reviewed 09/2014, 06/2017, 01/2018