Community pharmacists in France take strike action
Pharmacies were closed across France on 30 September 2014 as community pharmacists went on strike against government reforms, which they fear could reduce their income and open up the non-prescription medicine market to supermarket chains.
In Paris, members of the Union Nationale des Pharmacies de France took part in a demonstration outside the Upper House Senate as other self-employed professionals, including doctors and lawyers, took similar action in protest at government austerity proposals.
Under existing French law, pharmacies have a monopoly on the sale of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, which are not available elsewhere.
Pharmacists are concerned that government plans to reduce monopolies held by some self-employed professionals as a means of reducing government debt will mean they may have to relinquish their control of the OTC medicines market.
Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2014.20066683
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