Merck is asking the FDA to make Mevacor (a cholesterol-lowering medicine) available on drugstore shelves without a prescription.
Merck's try is its third in ten years. The FDA is unlikely to approve nonprescription Mevacor becuase of concerns raised by the 250,000-member American Medical Association.
The opposition makes sense. A consumer probably has not outward signs of high cholesterol unless diagnosed by a doctor. This is not a headache or joint pain.
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