6 August 2008
The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency has given approval for a medicine to be made available from a pharmacist without a doctor’s prescription to treat chlamydia. Reacting to this decision Natika H Halil, Director of Information, fpa said:
“For people who are already testing themselves at home it is a really positive step forward that the treatment can now also be bought from pharmacies. This will ensure fast and effective access to treatment. This service has the potential to play an important part in reducing rates of chlamydia, which is the most common sexually transmitted infection. Pharmacists are well placed to provide this service to those who wish to access treatment in this way, but there is still free testing, treatment and advice available from the NHS for all sexually transmitted infections.”
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