I have an editorial in The Pharmaceutical Journal on over the counter medicines and pharmacists relationship with them. Here’s part of it:
While the secret shopper work carried out by the consumer watchdog Which? in 2013 investigated the quality of advice on OTC medicines given in pharmacies at the point of sale, an earlier report in Which? published in 2012 focused on OTC products themselves. Among the products that were judged to be below par were sub-therapeutic doses of drugs, dubious herbal slimming tablets, oils that allegedly reduce scarring and some highly implausible alternative remedies. A pharmacist drawing up a local formulary of prescription drugs for a GP would take into account evidence of effectiveness, advice from evidence-based guidelines and a positive risk-benefit ratio. How many OTC products would reach the required standard?