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Pharmacy preregistration guide
UK P and GSL restrictions
(OTC) drugs are drugs which can be bought over the counter without a
prescription and without seeing a doctors.
OTC limitations in the UK
OTC medication is classed into two main categories in the UK. P
medicines and GSL medicines.
P medication are pharmacy only medication, they can only be bought
at a registered pharmacy. These drugs are usually ones which are
safe to use without seeing a doctor but advice and monitoring of a
health professional (such as the pharmacists) is still required.
Drugs include Clotrimazole cream, Fluconazole tablets, and
hydrocortisone cream. These medicines can only be sold "under the
supervision of a pharmacists", this means the pharmacists must be
present during the sale, and if the medication is sold by other
staff, the pharmacists must be in a position to understand the
reason for use of the medicine and be able to intervene when it is
not appropriate to be used.
GSL medication are drugs which can be sold any shop, with the
restriction that the shop can be closed to the public (e.g a vending
machine outside a shop cannot be closed to the public) and
restrictions in quantities and indications. In a retail pharmacy the
pharmacy must be "in personal control of a pharmacists". Personal
control mean the pharmacist be be present in the shop but doesn't
need to witness or be involved in the sale in anyway, the pharmacist
can leave/be absent from the shop for 30mins and still be in