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General Sales List medicine

A UK term for a medicine which has been deemed safer than the so-called P medicines (“behind-the-counter medicines”) when taken correctly. GSL medicines can be sold—albeit in small quantities (e.g., packages of up to 16 pills for paracetamol)—in general shops with no pharmacy training required for sale. All the products must be sold in manufacturers’ original packs.

GSLs Examples
Ibuprofen, paracetamol, laxative, antihistamines.
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News of the application to sell hydrocortisone cream as a GSL medicine for bites and stings has hit pharmacists so hard they are beginning to lose faith in the P category's viability.
Tesco has now become volume market leader in GSL medicines and vitamins and supplements.
THE NHS defines OTC medicines as 'general sales list (GSL)' medicines on their website, and explains: "You can buy GSL medicines from pharmacies, supermarkets and other retail outlets without the supervision of a pharmacist and without a prescription.