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Painkillers go behind counters at French chemists

Painkillers such as aspirin, paracetamol and ibuprofen are no longer freely available on pharmacy shelves in France

The medicines, which are available on demand without a prescription, now also contain clearer warnings on best practice, overdose risks, and other warnings for pregnant women.

The measure follows a recommendation from medical health agency l’Agence Nationale de Sécurité du Médicament (ANSM) following consultations with pharmacies and patient focus groups.

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