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Pharmacy: General Practitioners

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health for what reasons the Government plans to reform selling over-the-counter medicines by authorised GP practices. (206327)

The White Paper “Pharmacy in England; Building on Strengths—Delivering the Future” puts forward proposals to broaden access to over-the-counter (OTC) medicines—those categorised as ‘Pharmacy only (P)’ or as ‘general sale list (GSL)’. Copies of the White Paper are available in the Library.

A consultation paper will be launched in late summer after the publication of the primary and community care strategy. The consultation will ask for comments about broadening the access of patients to OTC medicines through the reform of some of the existing controls on general practitioners selling OTC medicines to their patients.