Why does the doctor often write a prescription for medications that is known to be an over the counter (non-prescription)?

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Although in the past, many insurance drug plans did in fact include non-prescription medications within their drug benefits listing, today it is more common to find that such non-prescription medications are not covered at all. That being said, this medication still represents a safe and effective drug that can have a very beneficial effective when used properly. To ensure that the correct drug is obtained by the patient, the doctor will commonly write a prescription for that medication, including the dosing instructions. In that way, the pharmacist can ensure that the drug therapy that the doctor had requested is obtained by the patient, using the prescription as that guide for pharmacist and patient. As a pharmacist, we think this is an excellent practice.

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