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 until 15 January next year.

Comment below and tell us what you think

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Just published

GP consultation

GP practices delivering 150,000 extra appointments per day compared with 2019

GP practices in England delivered 150,000 more appointments per working day in the...

Surgeon looking at a monitor in an operating theatre

NICE recommends non-invasive surgical procedure to target obesity

NICE has said that a non-invasive weight loss procedure should be used by the NHS...

GP trainee

Two training posts deliver one full-time GP on average, report warns

Two training posts are needed on average to deliver a single fully-qualified, full-time...

Dr Fiona Day

How to flourish as a GP by learning from the good and the difficult

Leadership and career coach Dr Fiona Day explains how GPs can grow and develop from...

Unhappy older woman sitting at home alone

Low mood – red flag symptoms

Low mood is a common presentation in primary care and can be a sign of a mental health...


PCN to take on GMS practice contract in landmark move for general practice

A GP practice in Hertfordshire could become the first to be run directly by a PCN...