Medicines to treat overactive bladder (OAB), a condition that silently affects countless women, may soon be available in the UK without a prescription.
And women who experience a “constant urge to pee” are invited to give their opinion.
The request is part of a consultation led by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) – which is also asking pharmacists, GPS and healthcare professionals to participate.
Aquiette tablets treat the symptoms of an overactive bladder, which include the constant need to urinate during the day and throughout the night.
According to the NHS, the cause of overactive bladder is relatively unknown. About 12% of the total adult population suffers from overactive bladder.
If approved, the drug would be the first of its kind available over the counter, without a prescription.
Dr Laura Squire, from the MHRA, said: “For many women, an overactive bladder can make day-to-day life extremely difficult.
“It can impact relationships, work, social life, and it can lead to anxiety and depression.
“Fortunately, there are treatments, and starting today, you’ll have the option to tell if any of these treatments, Aquiette, may be available for the first time without a prescription.”
Women’s Health Minister Maria Caulfield said: “When it comes to sensitive issues such as bladder control, speaking to a GP may prevent some women from seeking help.
“The reclassification of Aquiette would allow women to access life-saving medicines without the need for a prescription.”
The Medicinal Products Commission for Human Use has been consulted and advised that Aquiette is safe to be available over the counter in UK pharmacies.
The deadline for submitting comments is May 6, 2022 at 6:00 p.m.
More information on how to participate can be found here.
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