Swiss Federal Council Wants To Liberalize Online OTC Market
Legislative changes, developments in communications and logistics technology and consumer adoption of e-commerce have prompted the Swiss Federal Council to look into liberalizing the country's OTC medicines market.
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France's self-medication market lags behind its European rivals. Why is that? A skeptical and over-cautious government and a stifling regulatory system may provide at least part of the answer, the Global Self-Care Federation's recently published Self-Care Readiness Index suggests.
Regulatory barriers, government conservativism and a generous reimbursement system have all held back the development of France's self-care market. However, executive director of the French self-care industry association, Luc Besançon, thinks that the growing trends for prevention and e-commerce will change this in the future.