The Food and Drug Administration wants to make it easier for some common medicines to be sold without a prescription.
The agency proposed new guidelines Tuesday for drugmakers who want to switch prescription drugs to over the counter.
In a statement, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb said the agency is evaluating ways to make sure patients don't take an inappropriate over-the-counter drug. That could include adding information to the packaging label and offering mobile applications to help people decide if a drug is right for them.
Drugmakers would have to do studies showing those strategies allow consumers to safely pick a drug and use it without medical supervision.
Many widely used nonprescription drugs originally were only available by prescription, including allergy treatment Claritin and heartburn remedy Prilosec.