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Updates on reclassified medicines

Overview

The following forensic classifications describe the three levels of access controls for therapeutic products in Singapore:

  • Prescription Only Medicines (POM): A therapeutic product that can only be obtained from a doctor or a dentist, or from a pharmacist with a prescription from a doctor or a dentist. The condition to be treated needs to be diagnosed and treated by a doctor. It can also have serious side effects which require a doctor's monitoring or follow up.
  • Pharmacy Only Medicines (P)*: A therapeutic product that can be obtained from a pharmacist at a retail pharmacy. The condition is self-limiting and can be assessed and treated by pharmacists.
  • General Sale List (GSL): A therapeutic product that can be freely obtained from any retailer. It can be used safely by the public without medical supervision and intended for short term self-treatment only.

*To ensure adequate safeguard for proper use of medicines, pharmacists are legally required to keep record when dispensing a medicine over-the-counter (OTC). Members of public can facilitate this process by providing the following details when purchasing a medicine from your pharmacist:

  • Name
  • NRIC/FIN (click here for more info on laws requiring collection of NRIC number)
  • Contact details (address/contact number/email)

The following table lists the medicines that have been recently reclassified by us.

Use the Infosearch to determine the updated registration status and forensic classification of specific products

Product name Previous classification Classification Reclassification date
Panadol (paracetemol/pseudoephedrine HCl)Cold Relief PSE Caplet  GSL  P 2022/02/28
Robitussin (guaiphenesin/pseudoephedrine HCl) PS Syrup  GSL  2022/02/28 
Difflam-C Anti-inflammatory Antiseptic Solution  GSL 2021/10/01
Duro-tuss (bromhexine) Chesty Cough Liquid 12mg/15ml GSL  2021/07/05 
Promesec (omeprazole) Gastro-resistant capsules (Pharmacy only) 20mg (SIN16251P ) N.A.  P 2021/06/28
Strepsils (flurbiprofen) Maxpro Honey and Lemon lozenges P GSL 2020/12/18
Bifen (ibuprofen) suspension 100mg/5ml GSL  2020/01/02
Derm-aid (hydrocortisone) 0.5% cream P GSL  2019/09/13 
Egocort (hydrocortisone) 1% cream P GSL  2019/08/14
Brufen (ibuprofen) suspension (20mg/ml) POM GSL  2019/07/22
Zenpro (omeprazole) 20mg (OTC) (SIN15725P) N.A. 2019/06/25
Difflam (benzydamine) Anti-bacterial lozenges P GSL 2019/03/12
Allerzal (levocetirizine) F.C Tablet 5mg POM P 2019/01/17
Levozine (levocetirizine) F.C Tablet 5mg POM P 2019/01/17
Mucosolvan (ambroxol) 24 hours capsule 75mg, tablet 30mg and liquid 30mg/5ml P GSL 2018/07/23
Fastum (ketoprofen) gel max 2.5% N.A. GSL 2018/07/11
Mucolix (bromhexine) elixir 4mg/5ml P GSL 2018/06/21
Ibufen (ibuprofen) tablets 200mg POM P 2018/04/04
Strepsils (ambroxol) chesty cough lozenge P GSL 2018/03/01
Maxigesic (paracetamol/ibuprofen) 500/150mg tablet POM  GSL  2018/02/01 
Zyrtec-R (cetirizine) oral solution 1mg/ml N.A. GSL 2018/02/27
Nizoral (ketoconazole) Cream 2% P GSL  2017/11/10
Kenhancer (ketoprofen) Plaster 30mg GSL  2017/11/08 
Fluimucil (acetylcisteine) Tablet 600mg and 100mg Granules(OTC) N.A.  GSL 2017/10/13 
Rhinathiol (carbocisteine) syrup 2% and 5% GSL  2017/10/09
Aleve (Naproxen Sodium) Tablet 220mg GSL 2017/09/28 
Xyzal (levocetirizine) Tablet 5mg
POM 2017/09/18
Xyzal (levocetirizine) Tablet 5mg POM  2020/10/14
Nurofen (ibuprofen) syrup 100mg/5ml P GSL 2017/07/11 
Amorolfine Nail Lacquer
GSL  2017/07/10 
Loceryl (Amorolfine) Nail Lacquer GSL 2017/07/03
Acustop (flurbiprofen) Cataplasma Plaster POM 2017/06/22 
Loradine (loratadine) syrup 1mg/ml P GSL  2017/05/08 
Omesec (omeprazole) 20mg (Pharmacy Only) N.A P 2017/01/23 
Simtec (cetirizine) Tablet 10mg (OTC) N.A GSL 2016/12/23
Neurobion (Vit B Complex) Tablet (OTC) N.A  GSL 2016/10/13 
Nurofen (ibuprofen)express liquid capsule 200mg/express caplets 342mg GSL 2016/06/22
Nurofen (ibuprofen) tablet 200mg P GSL 2016/06/17
Naphcon-A sterile ophthalmic solution P GSL 2016/06/01 
Alosyn eye drops P GSL 2016/06/01
All clear eye drops P GSL 2016/06/01 
Optizoline eye drops 0.05% P GSL 2016/06/01  
Nizoral shampoo 20mg/g P GSL 2016/06/01  
Sebizole shampoo 2% w/w P GSL 2016/06/01 
Pristine shampoo 20mg/g P GSL 2016/06/01 
Ninazol shampoo 2% w/v P GSL 2016/06/01  
Nitozol shampoo 2% P GSL 2016/06/01 
Dezor shampoo 2% w/v P GSL 2016/06/01 
Regaine regular strength 2% P GSL 2016/06/01 
Men's regaine regular strength 2% P GSL 2016/06/01  
Women's regaine regular strength 2% P GSL 2016/06/01 
Women's regaine extra strength 5% P GSL 2016/06/01 
Men's regaine extra strength, minoxidil topical foam 5% w/w P GSL 2016/06/01  
Regaine extra strength 5% P GSL 2016/06/01 
Men's regaine extra strength 5% P GSL 2016/06/01 
Minoxidil lotion 3% w/v P GSL 2016/06/01  
Regro lotion 3% P GSL 2016/06/01  
Regro lotion 5% P GSL 2016/06/01  
Growell scalp lotion 2% w/v P GSL 2016/06/01  
Growell scalp lotion 3% w/v P GSL 2016/06/01  
Growell scalp lotion 5% w/v P GSL 2016/06/01  
Neoxidil solution 2% P GSL 2016/06/01 
Minoxi 5 topical solution 5% w/v P GSL 2016/06/01  

 

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Reclassified Medicines