France Restricts NRT Sales As Nicotine Patches Trialled As COVID Treatment
Fearing a rush on nicotine patches by COVID-19 sufferers, France is restricting OTC sales of NRT products.
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Dietary supplements containing certain plants can inhibit the immune response to COVID-19 and should not be taken by those showing symptoms of the virus, according to French regulator ANSES.
France limits OTC sales of paracetamol to one pack per person with no Covid-19 symptoms and two packs for those with pain and/or fever. Online sales of medicines containing paracetamol, ibuprofen and/or aspirin are also now suspended.