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What is the difference between prescription medicine and over-the-counter drugs?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Pharmacy Technician interview

How to Answer

Prescription medication require a Dr's prescription while over-the-counter medication does not. As a Pharmacy Technician your job is to interpret and fill prescriptions written by various doctors. So be sure to know this definition.

What is the difference between prescription medicine and over-the-counter drugs?
Answer example

"Prescription medication is typically something you can't purchase over the counter. Sometimes there is a version of the medication over the counter but it is generally a lower strength."

Answer example

"Over the counter medications are typically available in any grocery store. I'm very familiar with helping patients pick out the best over the counter medication for their symptoms with the assistance of the pharmacist."

View user-submitted Answers

What is the difference between prescription medicine and over-the-counter drugs?
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It is in the developing stage. I know some, but still have many more to learn. It is a continual work in progress.
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Any medication you take. You should always check with a professional to see if the advantages of taking it out way the side effects.
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Prescription medicines are those drugs that cannot be dispensed without the prescription from a qualified medical practitioner.
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Only prescibed by legitimate providers like doctors, dentist, vet, pa, and np.
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Rx medicine are medicine that may cure or harm other people if not taken properly.
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I am not familiar with too many medications, but I know a few.
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Provides Good Customer, detail-oriented, dependable, trustworthy and able to multi-tasks I think are some of important qualities of a good Technician.
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Being prescribed by a doctor, medical practioner, that can only be purchase with a script, that is to be only used by the person prescribed for and is legal.
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As in? GSL, general sales licence, stuff you can buy otc, over the counter in supermarkets etc, p that can be brought in a pharmacy and pom which can only be obtained via prescription, od, once daily etc.
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Prescription medicines are those drugs that cannot be dispense without the prescription from a qualified medical practitioner.
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To make a patient feel better.
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Helping to heal, or extend the live of those who are sick.
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A drug that a Physician has prescribed.
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A medicine prescribed with a diagnosis verified by a doctor.
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I would say good as per community pharmacy is related but hospital wise might need a little brush up as most might just be common sense.
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A drug or medicine that can not be dispensed without a prescription of a certified doctor.
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Medicine prescribe by a medical practitioner.
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It's is a medicine that can't be dispensed without a prescription from a licensed medical practitioner.
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I have taken a medical terminology course in college.
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Prescription medicines are those drugs that cannot be dispense without the prescription from a qualified medical practitioner. 100%
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Medicines that can only be obtained through a GP or other prescriber.
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Prescription medicine is a medicine that a patient receives with a doctor's prescription.
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A medication that can only be written by a doctor.
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Any medicine that has been ordered by a physician.
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Medicines which are dispensed in a pharmacy setting which is only prescribed by an authorised prescriber.
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Medicine that can only be supplied against a prescription.
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It is a written medication by a physician strictly to be taken only by the patient.
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I work for 14 years in a long-term care pharmacy and familiar with both generic and brand medicines, oral, topical, and iv forms.
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Don't know any but I am willing to learn.
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Medicine that can only be dispensed with a precription.
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Prescription medicine is strictly for those who have a prescrtipn written by a medical practitioner. Nothing over the counter.
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The abreviations and the brand and generic names of medicine.
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My terminology of prescription medicine is any drug that is prescribed by a doctor that cannot be purchased over the counter.
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Prescription medicine is the medicine prescribed by the doctors. Which can not be sold with a prescription.
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Common terms such as apap for acetaminophen, NSAID for nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drug and so on.
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Prescription medicines are those drugs that must never be dispensed without prescription from a qualified medical practioner.
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Prescription medicine is the medicine prescribe by a doctor base on diagnoses and the recommendation base on laboratory results or declarations.
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A prescription is written by a Dr. To dispense medication for a patient.
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Prescription medicines are those drugs that cannot be dispensed without the prescription from a qualified medical practitioner.
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Prescription medicines are those drugs that cannot be dispense without the prescription from a qualified medical practitioner.
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Medicines that can only be dispensed with a prescription and not over the counter.
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Medicine that is not dispensed over the counter unless a prescription has been faxed, emailed, handed in or called in by the proper professional to be filled.
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Prescription medicine is strictly for those who have a prescrtipn written by a medical practitioner. Nothing over the counter.

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