Not all drugs are found over the counter in Alberta – what gives?

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Drugs, when introduced to the Canadian marketplace are generally brought into the marketplace as prescription medications or Schedule 1, in Alberta. As we gain more experience with that particular drug, the manufacturer may then choose to have the drug rescheduled from that Schedule 1 to a Schedule 2, for example. This would make the drug a "restricted access" product, where consumers can access the medication, but will find the medication in an area of the pharmacy, not accessible to the general public. A schedule 3 medication offers the easiest access, as it will be found in the pharmacy, where it can be purchased without direct consultation with the pharmacist.

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