Pill to control ‘sudden urge to pee’ could be sold without a prescription in UK | women’s health

Millions of women with OAB have been invited to participate in a consultation that could make over-the-counter treatment available for the first time.

The call for testimonies, launched on Saturday, could lead to the reclassification of the drug Aquiette so that it can be purchased in pharmacies without a prescription.

It is believed that one in six women in the UK have symptoms associated with an overactive bladder, such as the sudden, uncontrolled need to urinate which can lead to accidental leakage.

Aquiette tablets are used to treat women with milder symptoms of the disease that cannot be controlled by bladder training alone.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) is calling on people with the disease, as well as healthcare professionals with experience of treating it, to share their views at the reclassification consultation .

Dr Laura Squire, Head of Healthcare Quality and Access at 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 Human Medicinal Products Commission has advised that Aquiette is safe to be available over the counter in UK pharmacies.

The consultation will last three weeks and end on May 6.

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