Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Chlamydia drug over-the-counter

From BBC News:
For the first time an antibiotic for chlamydia is to be made available from pharmacists, without a prescription.

People aged over 16 will be able to buy Clamelle after testing positive for the infection, or having sex with someone who tests positive.

The medicines regulator has decided the drug will be made available over-the-counter later this year.

If untreated, chlamydia can cause serious problems, including infertility and possibly cancer in later life.

Experts are alarmed that rates of infection have soared in recent years, particularly among the young.

The drug, also called azithromycin, will still be available via the traditional route - either from a GP or a genito-urinary medicine clinic. ...more

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