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Medicare Coverage of Nonprescription (Over-the-Counter) Drugs

By Caring.com Staff

What It Is

Drugs that are purchased without a prescription from a doctor or other licensed medical provider, for the patient to use at home.

What's Covered

Medicare doesn't cover nonprescription (over-the-counter) drugs, except when provided to someone who's an inpatient in a hospital or skilled nursing or rehabilitation facility.