Pfizer said that Viagra Connect is the first pharmacy medicine
for erectile dysfunction to be made available without prescription.
"A final decision on whether to make sildenafil 50mg tablets available as a pharmacy medicine
has yet to be made.
In the seventh edition, a number of medicines have been moved from prescription-only to pharmacy medicine
categories, and coverage of some infectious diseases and use of OTC medicines in children is expanded.
While pharmacy licenses are controlled by the government, corporate ownership of pharmacies is allowed, and 40% of retail outlets and 60% of pharmacy medicine
sales are accounted for by 10 supermarkets and four pharmacy chains.
Colette McCreedy, chief pharmacist and director of practice at the NPA said: "He is making the assumption that if you make this drug available as a pharmacy medicine
that it will increase its usage.
Pill manufacturers Schering with mobile pharmacy Medicine
Man have joined together to provide the drug which will be on sale for pounds 19.99.
A six-week consultation has been launched by the Medicines Control Agency after the Committee on Safety of Medicines said one form of emergency contraception - Levonelle 2 - could be safely supplied by chemists.Pharmaceutical giant Schering Healthcare, has applied for the product to be reclassified as a pharmacy medicine
Manufacturers Schering and mobile pharmacy Medicine
Man have joined together to provide the drug, on sale for pounds 19.99.
Pharmaceutical giant Schering Healthcare, which makes Levonelle 2, has applied for the product to be reclassified as a pharmacy medicine