Wednesday, August 13, 2008

First OTC oral antibiotic approved in Britain

Britain has given the go ahead for the sale of an over-the-counter oral antibiotic (azithromycin) for use in patients diagnosed with the STD chlamydia but has no outward symptoms. The pill will also be available for the patient's sex partners.

So my question is how will they regulate this so that it's just used for chlamydia? Will the patient have to tell the pharmacist and get the medication from them? Will they have to have a note from a physician saying they have chlamydia? If they have to do that then it would seem just as easy to get a prescription. Or will they just put it on the store shelves next to the Tylenol and aspirin and let patients regulate themselves? Hmmm.

You can read the whole article here.

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