Prostate drug available without prescription in UK

* Boehringer’s Flomax Relief goes on sale in pharmacies

* Move underlines UK government drive to promote self care

LONDON, March 31 (BestGrowthStock) – A drug to treat the urinary
symptoms of prostate enlargement, previously available only on
prescription, is to be sold over the counter in British
pharmacies to men aged 45 to 75 years from Wednesday.

The move is the latest example of Britain taking a lead in
switching medicines off prescription in a drive to promote self
care.

Flomax Relief, or tamsulosin hydrochloride, for benign
prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), will cost 16.99 pounds ($25.54) for
a pack of 28 capsules lasting four weeks, maker Boehringer
Ingelheim of Germany said.

It is the first time the medicine has been made available
without prescription anywhere in the world.

The launch also represents a first in bringing a product for
men’s health into the over-the-counter (OTC) arena, although
Pfizer (PFE.N: ) has been exploring a non-prescription version of
its popular impotence drug Viagra.

The U.S. drugmaker piloted the sale of Viagra in selected
pharmacies in the north of England in 2007, but was knocked back
in 2008 in its attempt to get European approval for Viagra
without prescription. Pfizer said at the time it still believed
the drug met the guidelines for OTC status.

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(Reporting by Ben Hirschler; editing by Simon Jessop)

Prostate drug available without prescription in UK