OTC drug status delays impacting GPs

Australian doctors may be “unnecessarily burdened” by script writing as Australia delays switching the status of prescription medications to over-the-counter, research suggests.

Australia’s drug regulations lagged behind countries like New Zealand when it came to reclassifying prescription medications to non-prescription, reported researchers, including pharmacist Dr Fiona Kelly, at Griffith Health Institute, Brisbane.

New Zealand had switched 16 medications since 2003