Why Did The European Commission Decide All Antimicrobials Should Be Rx-Only?
The European Commission responds to questions regarding its decision to include OTC antivirals and antifungals, including commonly used products like thrush and cold sore creams, in the expanded prescription-only requirements for antimicrobials, as part of proposed measures to combat antimicrobial resistance.
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