Schedule 3 medicines are pharmacist-only medicines. They are available from pharmacies without a prescription; however, a pharmacist must be consulted to ensure professional advice is received. Schedule 3 medicines will have the words ‘PHARMACIST ONLY MEDICINE’ on the label.
Mandatory requirements for advertising pharmacy medicines
The Code requires advertising for Schedule 3 (Appendix H) medicines to prominently display or communicate the statement:
‘ASK YOUR PHARMACIST – THEY MUST DECIDE IF THIS PRODUCT IS RIGHT FOR YOU‘
The purpose of this statement is to alert consumers that it is necessary to engage with a pharmacist who can assess the suitability of the medicine. This requirement does not apply to:
Prominently displayed or communicated
In order to ‘prominently display or communicate the statement’, advertisers need to ensure that:
Other advertising requirements
As well as the requirements around advertising Schedule 3 (Appendix H) medicines, advertisers must comply with the other relevant requirements in the Code. For example, the Code specifies that:
However, advertisements for these medicines do not need the ‘ALWAYS READ THE LABEL’, ‘THIS MEDICINE MAY NOT BE RIGHT FOR YOU…’, ‘FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE’ or the symptoms statements required in the advertising for other types of medicines.