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OTC drugs in China refer to the drugs which can be purchased or used by consumers without prescriptions from licensed physicians.

Category II OTC drugs are recognized as safer than Category I ones.

Category I OTC drugs can only be purchased from (1) drug stores with Drug Distribution Licenses, licensed physicians or professionals of higher levels, or (2) medical institutions' pharmacies.

Category II OTC drugs can be purchased from (1) drug stores, (2) medical institutions' pharmacies, and (3) retailers such as supermarkets and hotels approved by drug regulators.

Rx-to-OTC switch is the NMPA-approved transfer of prescription drugs to OTC status.

Rx & OTC means a drug has prescription and OTC statuses. The drug is considered a prescription drug for indications that are obscure to patients; it is considered an OTC drug for indications that can be diagnosed by patients themselves.

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No. Drug Name Classification Strength OTC Category Note
7-804 Chemical Drug
0.25g (basis of strength: glucosamine potassium sulfate)
Category I Rx-to-OTC Switch
7-803 TCM
4g/package
Category I Rx-to-OTC Switch
7-802 TCM
4g/tube
Category I Rx-to-OTC Switch; Rx & OTC
7-801 TCM
Each tablet weighs 0.39g.
Category I Rx-to-OTC Switch
7-800 TCM
0.24g/tablet
Category I Rx-to-OTC Switch; Rx & OTC
7-799 TCM
Each package contains 5g granules (sucrose free; equivalent to 28g decoction slices).
Category I Rx-to-OTC Switch
7-798 TCM
Each tablet weighs 0.35g.
Category I Rx-to-OTC Switch
7-797 TCM
Each package contains 3g granules.
Category I Rx-to-OTC Switch
7-796 TCM
Each tablet weighs 0.55g.
Category I Rx-to-OTC Switch; Rx & OTC
7-795 Chemical Drug
(1) 10g: 0.3g; (2) 20g: 0.6g.
Category I Rx-to-OTC Switch