Triptan Switches Offer Hope For Australia’s OTC Market
Switch expert Natalie Gauld says recent triptan switch recommendations signal a turnaround for Australia's OTC market.
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Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration has introduced a set of criteria introducing additional controls for medicines rescheduled from ‘Schedule 4’ (prescription-only) to ‘Schedule 3’ (non-prescription, pharmacist-only) status, intended to facilitate more innovative prescription-to-OTC switches in the future.
Three- to five-year market exclusivity periods for switched products would not only incentivize consumer healthcare firms but also enable pre- and post-switch data to be generated more easily, thus improving the quality of switch applications, explains global switch expert Dr Natalie Gauld in the final part of our exclusive interview.
German Switch Committee Meets: Sumatriptan Goes Again, Antihistamine Reverse-Switch Rejected, For Now
Germany’s Expert Committee for Prescription recommends prescription-to-OTC reclassifications of sumatriptan for migraines and liquid ibuprofen, but rejects an OTC switch for ketoprofen and the reverse-switch of sedative antihistamines for over 65s.