Hydrocortisone (Section 13.4) is available over the counter but is sold to the public only for certain limited indications, namely allergic contact dermatitis, irritant dermatitis and insect bite reactions. Pharmacists may not supply hydrocortisone preparations for chronic conditions, such as eczema, or for use on the face, anogenital region, broken or infected skin (Drug Ther Bull 1987; 14: 53).
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