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Health Sciences Authority

Update on preparations allowed as General Sale List (GSL)

As part of HSA’s on-going efforts to enhance public access to safe and effective treatments, HSA has completed the review of a list of preparations which may be reclassified as GSL medicines provided they meet the specified conditions on indications, dosage form and strength, and the product is presented in appropriate consumer packs accompanied by adequate patient information to ensure correct use by the general public.

Interested product registrants with medicines containing the ingredients below are invited to submit reclassification applications (MAV-2) to HSA to reclassify the concerned preparations.  Please note that the forensic classification of these products does not change unless the relevant reclassification applications are submitted and approved by HSA. 

Please refer to HSA Online Infosearch for the forensic classification of individual preparations. 

 

Active ingredient/s

Dosage form

Proposed conditions suitable for GSL status

Topical anti-hair loss preparations

1

Minoxidil

Lotion/Foam (2%/3%/5%)

For treatment of hair loss

Topical anti-dandruff preparations

2

Ketoconazole

Shampoo (2%)

For treatment of dandruff, seborrhoeic dermatitis

3

Ciclopirox

Shampoo (1.5%)

For relief of dandruff, seborrhoeic dermatitis

Ophthalmic antihistamine/decongestant

4

Pheniramine (0.3%)/Naphazoline (0.025%)

Antazoline (0.5%)/ Tetrahydrozoline (0.4%)

Eye drops

For relief of eye itching and redness

Ophthalmic mast cell stabilizer

5

Sodium cromoglycate

Eye drop (2%)

For prevention and treatment of allergic conjunctivitis

Low potency topical steroids

6

Hydrocortisone +/- antifungal (e.g clotrimazole, miconazole)

 

 

Cream/

Ointment/

Lotion (0.5%, 1%)

Hydrocortisone only

Symptomatic relief of inflammation associated with steroid-responsive conditions such as dermatitis and eczema

 

Hydrocortisone + antifungal

Treatment of fungal infections with co-existing symptoms of inflammation e.g itching, redness.

Topical NSAIDs

7

Piroxicam

Gel (0.5%)

Relief of pain and swelling of muscles and joints

8

Ketoprofen

 

Gel (2.5%)

Patch (30mg)

Relief of pain and swelling of muscles and joints

Anti-diarrhoeals

9

Loperamide

Tablet/Capsule (2mg)

Symptomatic relief of acute diarrhoea

Preparations for sore throat/ulcers

10

Benzydamine

 

Lozenge (3mg)

Mouthwash (22.5mg/15mL)

Spray (1.5mg/mL)

Gel (10mg/g)

Temporary relief of inflammatory conditions of the oral cavity such as sore throat and mouth ulcers

11

Tyrothricin

 

Lozenge  (0.5mg)

Temporary relief of sore throat

Mucolytics

12

Ambroxol

 

Tablet (30mg)

Capsule(75mg)

Lozenge (15mg)

Syrup (30mg/5ml)

Thinning of mucus in respiratory tract disorders with difficulty in expectorating

13

Bromhexine

 

 

Tablet (8mg)

Syrup (4mg/5mL; 8mg/5mL)

Thinning of mucus in respiratory tract disorders with difficulty in expectorating

14

Acetylcysteine

Tablet/Capsule

Granules

(100, 200mg, 600mg)

 

Thinning of mucus in respiratory tract disorders with difficulty in expectorating

15

Carbocisteine

 

Tablet/Capsule (375mg) Syrup (2%, 4%, 5%)

Thinning of mucus in respiratory tract disorders with difficulty in expectorating

Oral NSAIDs

16

Naproxen

 

Tablet (220mg)

Relief of headache, backache, muscular aches and pains, minor pain of arthritis, toothache, menstrual pain. Reduces fever associated with common cold

17

Ibuprofen

Tablet/Capsule containing not more than 200mg

Syrup 100mg/5mL

For relief of headache, migraine pain, dental pain, period pain, rheumatic pain, muscular pain, backache and fever

Reduction of fever, relief of teething pain, toothache, earache, sore throat, minor aches and sprains

Antispasmodics

18

Hyoscine

 

Tablet/Capsule (10mg)

 

Symptomatic relief of abdominal pain, cramps and intestinal discomfort

19

Alverine

 

Capsule (60mg)

Symptomatic relief of abdominal pain, cramps and intestinal discomfort

20

Mebeverine

 

 

Tablet (135mg)

Capsule (200mg)

Symptomatic relief of abdominal pain and cramps, bowel disturbances and intestinal discomfort

21

Dicyclomine + antacid/simethicone

 

 

Tablet (2.5mg)

Syrup (5mg/5mL)

Symptomatic relief of gastric and abdominal pain or discomfort and/or bloatedness

Anthelmintics

22

Albendazole

 

Tablet (200mg, 400mg)

Syrup (400mg/10mL)

Treatment of common worm infections of the gut

23

Mebendazole

 

Tablet (100mg)

Treatment of common worm infections of the gut

 

High-dose Vitamin Bs

24

Vitamin B1, B6 and B12

Tablet (100mg/200mg/200mcg)

For relief of nerve pain

Topical antifungals
25 Ketoconazole Cream (2%) Treatment of fungal infections of the skin
26 Tioconazole  Cream (1%) Treatment of fungal infections of the skin
27 Isoconazole Cream (1%) Treatment of fungal infections of the skin
28 Amorolfine  Nail lacquer (5%) Treatment of fungal nail infections
Topical antivirals
29 Acyclovir Cream (5%)

Treatment of cold sores

Max pack size not exceeding 2g