What is the law regarding the sale of OTC medications in the U.K?
I am not able to keep up on all laws out there, but I believe that there is a college degree issued
* medical doctor (MD)
* other related medical practicioners
These people then get certified for a particular kind of activity, in which they take tests, and get licenses issued by some organization approved by the government.
There are retail stores (called drug stores in the states) that hire these pharmacists to fill prescriptions written by doctors. There are Internet versions of this.
Then there are drugs like say asprin, throat losenges, that might not need a doctor prescription, and sometimes you find them in normal retail sales like a grocery store.
The question is whether the drug is regulated by the government from the perspective of it can only be issued by a medical doctor or through drug store.
and some grocery chains will have a drug store inside the larger store
or whether it is the unregulated, from perspective of any retailer can sell it without having a drugs license
but it is still regulated by the food and drug quality agencies of the government
for example, recently there was a problem with poison in toothpaste made in China ... just about any retail store could sell the stuff, but the food and drug agencies in various different nations arranged to block the sales, get it removed from store shelves, and posted health alerts to the public how you could tell if your toothpaste was one of the bad from China
erm i dont think there is a law if its otc.As long as you pay for it then you aint breaking the law.What do you mean anyway
Standard medicines containing paracetamol/aspirin are limited to 16 tablets at 500mg per tablet. This includes products like Lemsip etc.
Any medicine that has P written on it can only be bought over the counter by a registered Pharmacist.
A medicine with POM (prescription only medicine) can only be issued with a doctors prescription.
The link is for the British Medical Association and clearly explains the law covering all sales of OTC meds.
There isn't really any laws regarding selling OTC medicine, though a lot of places do follow a code of practice regarding certain medicines, such as paracetamol.
Not sure exactly if only selling a maximum of 2 packs to a customer is a law or just the general medical council's recommendation to cut down on the number of people 'topping themselves'.
yep agree with the vicar - pay for it and its yours. now if you asked about pom that would be different