What does over-the-counter drug mean?

Definitions for over-the-counter drug

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word over-the-counter drug.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. over-the-counter drug, over-the-counter medicine(noun)

    a drug that is sold without a prescription


  1. over-the-counter drug(Noun)

    A medicine that may be sold without a prescription.


  1. Over-the-counter drug

    Over-the-counter drugs are medicines sold directly to a consumer without a prescription from a healthcare professional, as compared to prescription drugs, which may be sold only to consumers possessing a valid prescription. In many countries, OTC drugs are selected by a regulatory agency to ensure that they are ingredients that are safe and effective when used without a physician's care. OTC drugs are usually regulated by active pharmaceutical ingredients, not final products. By regulating APIs instead of specific drug formulations, governments allow manufacturers freedom to formulate ingredients, or combinations of ingredients, into proprietary mixtures. The term over-the-counter may be somewhat counterintuitive, since, in many countries, these drugs are often located on the shelves of stores like any other packaged product. In contrast, prescription drugs are almost always passed over a counter from the pharmacist to the customer. Some drugs may be legally classified as over-the-counter, but may only be dispensed by a pharmacist after an assessment of the patient's needs and/or the provision of patient education. In many countries, a number of OTC drugs are available in establishments without a pharmacy, such as general stores, supermarkets, gas stations, etc. Regulations detailing the establishments where drugs may be sold, who is authorized to dispense them, and whether a prescription is required vary considerably from country to country.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of over-the-counter drug in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of over-the-counter drug in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Images & Illustrations of over-the-counter drug

  1. over-the-counter drug

Translations for over-the-counter drug

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for over-the-counter drug »


Find a translation for the over-the-counter drug definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these over-the-counter drug definitions with the community:

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:     


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"over-the-counter drug." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 24 Mar. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/over-the-counter drug>.

Are we missing a good definition for over-the-counter drug? Don't keep it to yourself...

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for over-the-counter drug:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.