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STI drugs now on sale at pharmacies

Sufferers of chlamydia will be able to buy drugs to treat the condition over the counter for the first time, it has been announced.

Men and women aged 16 and over will be able to get the antibiotic Clamelle, if they have tested positive for the infection and have no symptoms.

Their partners will also be able to get the drug, which should hit shelves later this year.

The news means people will be able to go back to their pharmacy to get the antibiotic without the need for a prescription from their GP.

Chlamydia is the most common sexually transmitted infection and young people account for two-thirds of all new cases.

It is known as the "silent infection", as sufferers often have no symptoms, but if left untreated it can cause infertility.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has given approval for Clamelle.

Dr June Raine, director of vigilance and risk management of medicines at the MHRA, said: "Today's move means that symptom-free people diagnosed with chlamydia and their partner will be able to get convenient effective treatment from their local pharmacy."

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"The news of this over-the-counter medication is very much welcomed. With the correct advice and education one hopes to see a reduction in infection rates. Pharmacists keep up the good works. Don't forget prevention education. It is better to prevent than to revert to the cure." - V Henry, N15