Bid to switch more medications to OTC

Statins, contraceptives and ED drugs are seen as ideal candidates

The Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) is using its Federal Budget submission to lobby for more prescription medicines to be switched to over the counter.


It is calling for the government to set up a formal process to proactively identify switch candidates.

“A successful switch agenda should empower consumers, encourage industry to submit switch applications, and foster innovation in OTC medicines,” ASMI says.

OTC candidates with a good efficacy and safety profile include low-dose statins, oral contraceptives and erectile