French OTC Industry Warns Over-Regulation Is Threatening Its Future
Plans to move ibuprofen, aspirin and paracetamol OTCs behind the counter in French pharmacies will harm the country's self-medication industry, which is already lagging behind its European neighbors, warns local association Afipa.
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Speaking exclusively to HBW Insight, French OTC association Afipa reflects on a difficult 2019 which saw tighter restrictions introduced on the sale of popular consumer health products. The trade group believes the industry's best prospects for a brighter future are rebuilding relations with national drug regulator ANSM and to getting self-care higher up the agenda of the French government.
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