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Prescription Drugs (Rx)

What are Prescription Drugs?

Prescription drugs are substances formally authorized to be used for the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment or prevention of a disease, condition or injury. Prescription drugs differ from over-the-counter (OTC) drugs which are bought off of store shelves, intended for general use, and are not prescribed by a doctor.  

Prescription drugs require written authorization from a healthcare professional and are intended to be used by only one person. Dosage and frequency are determined by the physician as part of the prescription. 

Why are Prescription Drugs important?

Prescription drugs are used to alleviate pain, help people live more comfortable lives, manage emergent medical issues and chronic conditions and more.