News just in – August 2020

Margaret Gibbs
Author: Margaret Gibbs
Category: Medication Updates, Pharmacy Information
Date: September 1, 2020

Restrictions on over-the-counter sale of stimulant laxatives

The MHRA has decided that stimulant laxatives can be inappropriately used by people wanting to lose weight – especially those who may have an eating disorder. In future, products such as Senna and Bisacodyl will sold in small pack sizes only and to people over 18.

Ordering 2% lidocaine in Lutrol gel

Guy’s and St Thomas’ manufacturing unit has now ceased supply of this product and it is now distributed by Oxford Health – the NHS specials and wholesale supplier. The price has increased considerably, so please speak to your visiting pharmacist before ordering to ensure you only order the essential quantity. Once ordered it cannot be returned as it is a special order. We will update our information sheet for this product accordingly.

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