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    I read this week in the PJ about tamsulosin becoming available OTC but does anyone really think it will be popular as I can't see anyone choosing to buy it. We hardly sell any simvastatin and I would consider that to be a condition that people are more likely to self treat.

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    Re: OTC Tamsulosin?

    Originally posted by PinkGlitter View Post
    I read this week in the PJ about tamsulosin becoming available OTC but does anyone really think it will be popular as I can't see anyone choosing to buy it.
    Why not?
    We hardly sell any simvastatin and I would consider that to be a condition that people are more likely to self treat.
    So you believe the public are more likely to pay to treat a condition with no symptoms than one with symptoms.

    I suspect the level of demand will depend on the advertising.

    Jeff

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      Re: OTC Tamsulosin?

      It will probably cost more than a prescription charge for one thing especially due to all the costs of training packages, etc.

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        i agree with pinky! patients are not willing to pay for a drug that they can get it on a script!
        DoH confirms pilot will allow supply of oral contraceptives | PJ Online
        I believe supplying OC via PGD is going to be popular and and very time demanding!
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          Re: OTC Tamsulosin?

          Originally posted by Raoul View Post
          DoH confirms pilot will allow supply of oral contraceptives | PJ Online
          I believe supplying OC via PGD is going to be popular and and very time demanding!
          And I believe that a pharmacy representative body with an interest in patients should be pressing for the supply of free condoms from pharmacies.
          Why shouldn't pharmacy try and fit in with the governments advertising.

          Jeff

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            Re: OTC Tamsulosin?

            Originally posted by Jeff View Post
            And I believe that a pharmacy representative body with an interest in patients should be pressing for the supply of free condoms from pharmacies.
            not till we solve the EHC controversial topic!
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              Re: OTC Tamsulosin?

              Which is?
              http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmbyj0XFUhA

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                Re: OTC Tamsulosin?

                Originally posted by Jeff View Post
                Why shouldn't pharmacy try and fit in with the governments advertising.

                Jeff
                Absolutely.

                Also, the OTC simvastatin lesson is that patients are prepared to pay. I am absolutely sure that Tamsulosin will be a successful Pee medicine! (I read that elsewhere so can't take the credit)
                http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmbyj0XFUhA

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                  Re: OTC Tamsulosin?

                  Originally posted by Tony Schofield View Post
                  Also, the OTC simvastatin lesson is that patients are prepared to pay.
                  Are they? I've never sold one pack since it became available, had plenty of enquiries but when the cost was mentioned, off to GP they went. Eventually stock went out of date

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                    Re: OTC Tamsulosin?

                    I refuse to stock it because I think it's indication and strength amount to dodgy science. However I have colleagues who, at the last count, did sell it.
                    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmbyj0XFUhA

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                      Re: OTC Tamsulosin?

                      Originally posted by Tony Schofield View Post
                      Which is?
                      check refusing EHC discussion board.
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                        Re: OTC Tamsulosin?

                        That was only controversial because the thread was hijacked by a nutcase.

                        Are you really worried about ethical dilemnas?
                        http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmbyj0XFUhA

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                          Re: OTC Tamsulosin?

                          Originally posted by Tony Schofield View Post

                          Are you really worried about ethical dilemnas?
                          not at all but i am afraid more services are going to be refused in the future, and standarising the provision of enhanced services is something i demand from the NPB/PCTs. The same applies for all PGDs, i do not see any harm in having a standard PGD across the country for supplying NRT, chlamydia treatment, EHC....etc
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                            Re: OTC Tamsulosin?

                            I think you miss the point...........?

                            Ethical dilemnas are a problem on their own influencing everything.

                            However you "DEMAND"(!) standardising provision of enhanced srvices?

                            Indeed?

                            The development of national enhanced services perhaps but why local enhanced services?. PCTS are supposed to respond to local need. That is why they are governed locally and free to develop services in response to local need in a way that best addresses local need. GPs have local enhanced services as do we. Their local services are accredited locally just as ours are.

                            The argument surely is how many local services can be rolled out nationally but you can't demand that PCTs can't respond to their local populations and expect improved standards before paying for services. So long, of course, that the service adds value.

                            I am constantly dismayed that pharmacists seek to argue about PGDs which are a mechanism for supplying drugs etc in a disease specific manner. We are pharmacists not paramedics. We should be raising the bar and our expectations. We should be able to supply such medicines because of our specialised knowledge not because there is a PGD in place. I have addressed this by getting a prescribing qualification and I expect that in time pharmacist prescribers will have significantly enhanced roles and not as followers of protocols.

                            Followers of protocols are in effect sheep who don't feel they can be trusted to follow their judgment. Pharmacists will never fulfill their potential until they take professional responsibility as opposed to hiding behind guidelines like nurses, paramedics and willing volunteers.
                            http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Hmbyj0XFUhA

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                              Re: OTC Tamsulosin?

                              Originally posted by PinkGlitter View Post
                              I read this week in the PJ about tamsulosin becoming available OTC but does anyone really think it will be popular as I can't see anyone choosing to buy it. We hardly sell any simvastatin and I would consider that to be a condition that people are more likely to self treat.
                              I am not convinced that tamsulosin is an appropriate medication to sell OTC. Men with urinary tract symptoms need a medical evaluation and those diagnosed with BPH will normally require long-term medication or in some cases surgery.

                              Some meds which *would* be useful to be able to sell OTC include....

                              Fexofenadine tabs, hydrocortisone 0.5% cream, hydrocortisone 0.5 and 1% ointment, nystatin oral suspension, ipratropium nasal spray, mometasone nasal spray, hydroxyzine tabs, a salbutamol inhaler containing a small number of doses (ie. not 200!), possibly carbocisteine caps as an alternative to guaiphenesin, maybe some other triptans as well as sumatriptan, possibly Locorten-Vioform ear drops, calcipotriol cream/oint, azelaic acid cream......

                              I do not want to see any systemic antibiotics become OTC. Countries where such drugs are more readily available have very substantial problems with resistance. Certainly, OTC trimethoprim would be useful, but resistance is already a problem and things will only get worse.

                              Bobbin

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