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Bayou Tiger
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Should all medicines be available without a prescription?

If marijuana can be legalized, why not all drugs and medications? I am especially curious on the libertarian view on this topic.

In theory, free markets are comprised of rational decision makers. Consequences of combining the wrong drugs, overdosing, or missing diagnoses are severe enough that people will find a way to figure this out in a cost effective way.

Would this spur a cottage industry of "diagnosers", reducing both cost and overcrowding in the medical system?


threeputt
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re: Should all medicines be available without a prescription?
No.


joshnorris14
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Should all medicines be available without a prescription?


It shouldn't be illegal to buy drugs without permission.


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Diamondawg
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reducing both cost and overcrowding in the medical system?
This is one of the obvious outcomes since half the public and 3/4 of the posters on this board would be dead.


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HempHead
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In theory, free markets are comprised of rational decision makers.


To an extent.

Individuals will rationally (though they may be entirely incorrect in the judgement) take actions to meet their prioritized wants. An oft repeated criticism of laissez-faire proponents is that they view man as a cold calculating machine, but that is not so.

As for the question: sure. I think it would lower costs by a good deal, and could allow people access to medication that otherwise would be difficult to attain.

There will be, of course, those who make terrible decisions. If we are playing hypothetically, though, I can imagine that there is no public safety net that would support Oxycontin addicts.


Rohan2Reed
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re: Should all medicines be available without a prescription?
I wouldn't be opposed to it if they outlawed the advertising and marketing of prescription drugs.


BigJim
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re: Should all medicines be available without a prescription?
Yes except for
1. Medicines that hurt others by my use/overuse i.e. antibiotics.

2. Addictive narcotics. This is a bridge too far for me. The key is an individual loses the ability to make a choice when they become chemically addicted.


Otherwise, go for it. If you want to order up some chemothepary drugs for whatever reason, that is your call. Want help, pay a doctor or google the side effects.


Squid
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re: Should all medicines be available without a prescription?
It's a thought-provoking question.

Some will argue that marijuana should be legalized. Heck, I saw a post yesterday stating that even the stronger stuff should be legalized.

I realize that the aboved-mentioned ones are feelgood drugs. But if we're going down that road, I'll argue that your common antibiotics ought to be available too. I know when I have a sinus infection or ear infection, and this would save me a doctor visit.


joshnorris14
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The key is an individual loses the ability to make a choice when they become chemically addicted.


You care to pass me the caffeine?


joshnorris14
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I realize that the aboved-mentioned ones are feelgood drugs. But if we're going down that road, I'll argue that your common antibiotics ought to be available too. I know when I have a sinus infection or ear infection, and this would save me a doctor visit.


You can buy amoxicillin for animals online. Works great.


Squid
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re: Should all medicines be available without a prescription?
How do you figure out human dosage with animal drugs? And are they manufactured at the same places as human drugs?


WikiTiger
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Should all medicines be available without a prescription?


Of course.



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joshnorris14
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How do you figure out human dosage with animal drugs?


I've had 500 mg Amox mfg for fish. 500 mg is the standard dosage for humans.

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And are they manufactured at the same places as human drugs?




EthanL
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re: Should all medicines be available without a prescription?
The problem I foresee is lawsuits. The prescription is effectively in place to protect the company by screening out unnecessary and contraindicated users. But even after all that, they still get sued.

Nope, I don't see the most powerful, potent drugs being made available buffet/free-for-all style


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NimbleCat
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re: Should all medicines be available without a prescription?
I think most medications should be available over the counter.

Mexico does this. You should see the bus loads of AARP carrying Americans walking into border towns to save thousands on drugs.

Micardis in the USA: $140 Mexico: $35
Antibiotics are cheap: $3 for a Z pack


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CptRusty
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re: Should all medicines be available without a prescription?
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There will be, of course, those who make terrible decisions. If we are playing hypothetically, though, I can imagine that there is no public safety net that would support Oxycontin addicts.



I find this is the crux of many of our issues with gov't control / safety nets.

Right now, if you are a drug addict, you can get all kinds of hand outs and "help" from the gov, therefore it makes perfect sense that they want to have a say in who can and cannot take said drugs.

I would much prefer that they stay completely out of it, both on the "help" side and on the "permission" side. Obviously some would still make poor choices, but I think after a generation or so of people throwing their lives away and kids growing up seeing first hand that if you throw your life away on irresponsible behavior with powerful drugs, and Uncle Sam isn't there to bail you out, that it would be much less of a problem.
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Squid
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re: Should all medicines be available without a prescription?
Never knew that fish could take amoxicillin. I learned something new.


joshnorris14
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Never knew that fish could take amoxicillin. I learned something new.


I don't understand it either, but I couldn't argue with the results.


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Squid
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re: Should all medicines be available without a prescription?
Good post, CptRusty. Have long thought that myself.


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BigJim
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re: Should all medicines be available without a prescription?
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You care to pass me the caffeine?


Meh. I realize it's a slippery slope, but caffeine doesn't seem to rob people of their abilit to make rational decisions like other "harder" drugs do.

A tougher call is alchohol. To which I would respond that the number that drink alchohol compared to the number that become addicted is still pretty low.

Regardless, I think my position is still more "out there" than 90% of the population so I can live with it not being OK with complete legalization of every single drug.



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