Quick Answer: What Are Pharmacy Only Medicines?

Pharmacist Only medicines are medicines or drugs which can only be sold by a pharmacist.

Our pharmacist must fulfill some special requirements to ensure that you are properly informed about the safe and correct use of your medicine and that it is being used for the intended purpose.

What is meant by pharmacy only medicine?

Pharmacist-Only medicines (also known as Restricted medicines) are a relatively small group of medicines that can be purchased from a pharmacist without a doctor’s prescription. They are not available for self-selection from the pharmacy shelves, and the sale must be made by a pharmacist.

What are examples of OTC drugs?

Popular examples include pain relievers like acetaminophen (Tylenol) and ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), cough suppressants such as dextromethorphan (Robitussin) and antihistamines like loratadine (Claritin 24H). These drugs are usually located on shelves in pharmacies, grocery stores, and even in gas stations.

What are the three categories of medicines?

There are three legal categories of medicines, identified according to their potency and risk of adverse side effects and the need for the supply to be professionally supervised.

  • Prescription Only Medicines (POM)
  • Pharmacy Medicines (P)
  • General Sales List Medicines (GSL)

What makes a drug prescription vs OTC?

Prescription drugs are intended for use by one individual patient to treat a specific condition and when starting the medication each patient is legally entitled to speak with a pharmacist about the drug. Some OTC drugs could cause drug interactions with prescription medications or cause more adverse effects.