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Letters Increasing access to medicines

Time for category of pharmacist consultation and supply

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 12 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1899
  1. Jeffrey K Aronson, reader in clinical pharmacology1
  1. 1Department of Primary Health Care, University of Oxford, Oxford OX3 7LF
  1. jeffrey.aronson{at}

    Finch and Garner are rightly concerned that bacterial resistance will increase when drugs such as azithromycin become available over the counter.1 And there is a more general problem about switching a prescription only medicine (PoM) to pharmacy status (P).

    Drugs that have switched from PoM to P have traditionally been used in treating minor ailments or injuries, health promotion, or …

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