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Contains the same amounts of the ingredients of the prescription drug

About the categories of drugs

Drugs are categorized into “prescription drugs,” which require a prescription issued after diagnosis by a doctor, and “pharmacist intervention required medicines” and “non-prescription drugs,” which general consumers can buy at drugstores and pharmacies. The latter are also called OTC drugs.
OTC stands for “Over The Counter.” They are called by that name because they are sold over the counter at a pharmacy or drugstore.

There are products called “switch OTC drugs” (pharmacist intervention required medicines and non-prescription drugs), which contain active ingredients used in prescription drugs (switched from prescription to OTC status).
They are OTC drugs that can be bought at drugstores and pharmacies, but as they contain the same ingredients as those in prescription drugs, reliable medication support by pharmacists, etc. is needed.

“Rinderon Vs Ointment/Cream” contain the same ingredient amounts as those of prescription drugs and are switch OTC drugs (Class 2 OTC drugs). They are not “prescription drugs.”

About categories of OTC drugs and information service

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Categories of OTC drugs Responsible
specialist
Explanation from the seller to the customer Responding to the customer during consultation Selling online,
by mail, etc.
Pharmacist intervention required medicines Pharmacist Information service face to face and in writing
(Mandatory)
Mandatory Not allowed
Non-prescription drugs Class 1 OTC drugs Allowed
Class 2 OTC drugs
Designated class 2 OTC drugs
Pharmacist or registered seller Obligation to make efforts
Class 3 OTC drugs Not set by law

※Those that need special attention are categorized as “Designated class 2 OTC drugs. Drugs, of which “2” on the container or package is surrounded by a circle or square, are designated class 2 OTC drugs.

Pharmacist intervention required medicines

As newly marketed OTC drugs need sufficient care for handling, a pharmacist has to hear the information from the customer and provide a written explanation at the time of purchase in principle.
So, they cannot be sold online.

Non-prescription drugs

These drugs can be bought at pharmacies/drugstores without a prescription and can also be bought online.
Non-prescription drugs are categorized into three groups according to the extent of side effects, etc.
For any group of drugs, it is important to check “what you should not do” in the “Precautions for use” and use the drug properly.
If you have any concerns, do not hesitate to consult your pharmacist or registered seller.

Class 1 OTC drugs
Drugs that need special attention to side effects and risk of drug interaction. Information service from a pharmacist is required, and they should be sold only by a pharmacist.
Class 2 OTC drugs
Drugs that need attention to side effects and risk of drug interaction.
They can be bought from a pharmacist or registered seller. The sellers have an obligation to make efforts to provide information.
Designated class 2
OTC drugs
Designated class 2 OTC drugs are drugs that need special attention among Class 2 drugs.
They can be bought from a pharmacist or registered seller, but consult the pharmacist or registered seller about how to use them. Rinderon Vs Ointment/Cream are designated class 2 OTC drugs.
Class 3 OTC drugs
They are low-risk drugs, and no information service is legally needed unless the buyer requests it.
They can be bought from a pharmacist or registered seller.
About Rinderon Vs
  • How to buy
    Rinderon Vs can be bought from a pharmacist or registered seller at a pharmacy/drugstore.
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  • FAQ about topical steroids
    Frequently asked questions about Rinderon Vs, such as how to apply and application considerations, are listed.
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  • For your better understanding
    Rinderon Vs is a designated class 2 OTC drug.
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