TGA unveils plan to make more medicines available OTC

Introducing Schedule 3-and-a-bit

The TGA has effectively created a new drug scheduling category for controlled OTC medicines as part of a plan to make more medicines available without a prescription.

Pharmacy medicines

Pharmacy lobby groups have already provided a list of suggested downscheduling targets, including trimethoprim and statins.

The TGA says the new subcategory — Schedule 3, Appendix M — has already been added to the scheduling handbook, but it is launching a consultation on what specific controls should be available to protect the public from harm.

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