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Glossary


SELF-MEDICATION
Self-medication is the treatment of common health problems with medicines especially designed and labelled for use without medical supervision and approved as safe and effective for such use. Medicines for self-medication are often called “non-prescription” or “over-the-counter” (OTC) and are available without a doctor's prescription through pharmacies. In some countries OTC products are also available in supermarkets and other outlets. [Source: World Self-Medication Industry website]
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