Firm applies for prostate treatment to be over the counter

Enlarged prostate treatment tamsulosin could be made available over the counter (OTC), following an application by Boehringer-Ingelheim to have Flomax Relief 0.4mg switched from prescription-only to pharmacy status.

Pharmacists would ensure patients had hallmark functional urinary tract symptoms and rule out ‘red flag’ symptoms before providing a 14-day supply. Supply could be continued for up to 10 weeks if the treatment is successful before a diagnosis by a doctor would be required.

Patients would be encouraged to sign up with one pharmacy to ensure continuity of care and would be referred to their GP if treatment was not successful or if they exhibited ‘red flag’ symptoms, such as blood in urine, fever or excessive thirst.

A consultation on the application is open on www.mhra.gov.uk until 15 January next year.

tom.moberly@haymarket.com

Comment below and tell us what you think

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Follow Us:

Just published

BMA GP chair: 'GPs let down by tone deaf NHS demands on face-to-face appointments'

BMA GP chair: 'GPs let down by tone deaf NHS demands on face-to-face appointments'

NHS England has let down general practice with its 'tone deaf' demand for all patients...

GPs told to offer face-to-face appointments for all patients

GPs told to offer face-to-face appointments for all patients

GPs have condemned a 'blanket' demand from NHS England that all patients should be...

GP federation network seeks to boost primary care representation amid NHS reforms

GP federation network seeks to boost primary care representation amid NHS reforms

The NHS Confederation has set up a national network for GP federations in a bid to...

Sharp rise in GPs seeking mental health support during past year

Sharp rise in GPs seeking mental health support during past year

The number of GPs seeking help from NHS Practitioner Health, the specialist service...

Podcast: The GP workload crisis, mental wellbeing and vaccination success

Podcast: The GP workload crisis, mental wellbeing and vaccination success

In this episode of our new podcast Talking General Practice we look at the GP workload...

Long wait for COVID-19 public inquiry 'could drive doctors to quit NHS'

Long wait for COVID-19 public inquiry 'could drive doctors to quit NHS'

Doctors' leaders have criticised government plans to delay a public inquiry into...