Advertising of S3 meds opposed

In a pre-budget submission, the Australian Self Medication Industry (ASMI) association said the arrangements whereby consumers are not allowed to know about medicines that are available without prescription mean they continue to consult GPs for conditions which could be appropriately managed by a pharmacist.

But AMA president Dr Steve Hambleton said there were very good reasons for restrictions on advertising of S3 medicines. “We don’t want to see any changes. We do need a trained health professional