Pharmacists let down by lack of OTC info

Pharmacists are being let down by a lack of information about what non-prescription medicines can be safely used by breast-feeding mothers.

A WA study has found that there are often no guidelines or

evidence to show whether an OTC or complementary medicine is safe to use during lactation.

Pharmacists regard making clinical recommendations to breastfeeding women as a complicated, write the researchers from the Curtin University.

Their study was based on semi-structured interviews with 30 pharmacists in metropolitan and regional areas of WA. 

Due to the lack of evidence, pharmacists usually play it safe and recommend a medicine they know well, they write in Research in Social and Administrative Pharmacy.

They are also more likely to recommend conventional over complementary medicines.

However, playing it safe leaves pharmacists feeling the mother’s health had