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Spanish pharmacists fight plans to increase sale of over the counter drugs

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7293.1018/d (Published 28 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1018

Spanish pharmacists, worried about recent developments by the health ministry to contain spending on drugs, are trying to prevent the authorisation of sales of over the counter medicines in shops and supermarkets.

In a meeting held last week in Granada, Andalucia, the Forum for the Defence of the Mediterranean Model of Pharmacy announced that it had already gathered 160 000 signatures since early January in support of a call on the government not to liberalise the sale of drugs. The forum brings together the official colleges of pharmacists of Valencia, Almeria, and Cordoba, along with 3000 health and pharmacy professionals.

The Spanish parliament told the forum that it has to gather …

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