ASMI urges switch

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The Aus­tralian Self-Med­i­ca­tion In­dus­try has rec­om­mended an in­crease in the re­clas­si­fi­ca­tion of medicines from pre­scrip­tion-only to OTC as a key public health strat­egy.

A panel of ex­perts tak­ing part in the up­com­ing World Self Med­i­ca­tion In­dus­try (WSMI) con­fer­ence in Syd­ney 18-19 Oct will dis­cuss the is­sue, with Aus­tralia’s “switch” rate lag­ging against other na­tions in re­cent years.

<ey down­schedul­ing suc­cess sto­ries in­clude anal­gesics such as ibuprofin; an­ti­his­tamines and in­tranasal steroids for al­lergy; H2RA and PPIs for heart­burn; an­ti­fun­gals; and smok­ing ces­sa­tion prod­ucts.

The agenda will in­clude the suc­cess­ful New Zealand switch which en­abled pre­scrip­tion-free dis­pens­ing of silde­nafil by spe­cially trained phar­ma­cists and its ben­e­fits for men’s is­sues.

And global ex­pert Dr Ed­win Hemwall will present the case that “switch is a vi­tal en­abler of self-care” - for more de­tails on the con­fer­ence see ws­

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