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.
AdvertisementHowever 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.