The OTC Markets Group operates some of the most well-known networks, such as the OTCQX Best Market, the OTCQB Venture Market and the Pink Open Market. These markets include unlisted stocks that are known to trade on the Over the Counter Bulletin Board (OTCBB) or on the pink sheets . Although Nasdaq operates as a dealer network, Nasdaq stocks are generally not classified as OTC because the Nasdaq is considered a stock exchange. Conversely, OTCBB stocks are often either penny stocks or are offered by companies with bad credit records.
Examples of these include some sleep aid tablets such as Nytol , human deworming tablets such as Mebendazole , painkillers with small amounts of codeine (up to mg per tablet), and pseudoephedrine . Medication available only with a prescription is marked somewhere on the box/container with [POM]. Pharmacy-only products are marked with [P]. A prescription is not required for [P] medicines, and pharmacy sales assistants are required by Royal Pharmaceutical Society codes to ask certain questions, which varies for what the customer says. If they ask for a specific product, the pharmacy assistant must ask "Who is it for," "How long have you had the symptoms," "Are you allergic to any medication," "Are you taking any medication" ('WHAM' questions). If a customer asks for a remedy, ., hay fever, then the two WHAM questions must be followed "Who is it for," "What are the symptoms," "How long have you had the symptoms," "Have you taken any action towards your symptoms," and "Are you taking any other medication." It is with this information that the pharmacist can halt the sale, if need be. No [POM], [P] or [GSL] products that are stocked in a pharmacy can be sold, dispensed, or pre-made until a responsible pharmacist is signed in and on the premises. Some medication available in supermarkets and petrol stations is sold only in smaller packet sizes. Often, larger packs will be marked as [P] and available only from a pharmacy. Frequently, customers buying larger-than-usual doses of [P] medicines (such as DXM , promethazine, codeine or Gee's linctus) will be queried, due to the possibility of abuse.