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Why are some medications prescription-only, while others are over the counter (OTC)? Are the OTC equivalents of prescription medications?

Nicole and Jez discuss the classification criteria for medications, and why OTC medications are not always the best choice instead of a vet visit or a prescription.


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Outro music by Matt Charleston

About the hosts

Dr Nicole Su and Jez Watts

Dr Nicole Su is a veterinarian, Jez Watts is a comedian-biotechnologist, and together they discuss commonly misunderstood topics in the pet and vet world. They live with three rabbits that are their children.