The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency
(MHRA) is the UK
has announced that a drug to combat chlamydia infection will now be available
as "over the counter" medicine.
The move means that 16 year olds may also be able to buy the
antibiotic should they test positive for chlamydia or have sex with someone who
tests positive. Campaigners are not pleased with this move saying it may
encourage promiscuity among teenagers.
However people will need proof to show pharmacists that they
have tested positive for the infection. These slips can also be handed to
sexual partners who can buy the medication.
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society, the professional body for
pharmacists said the move was a good one, "Reclassifying azithromycin will
expand on existing services and improve access to chlamydia screening and
treatment for patients," said Howard Duff of the society.