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Japan’s OTC Drug Makers Devise Backup For Looming On-Line Sales Ban

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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Japanese drug makers that specialize in over-the-counter products have devised a new delivery service they hope to use to get around government proposals to ban on-line sales. The Home Medicine Association of Japan would allow buyers to order the same type of drugs and pick them up within three days at nearby stores or pharmacies. Japan's Health Ministry is drafting plans to bar certain OTC drug sales that are not conducted face-to-face with customers. The legislation is required to conform to a pharmaceutical law revision set to take effect in June. Under the new rules, the $276 million on-line drug sales business would be confined to vitamins, intestinal remedies and similar treatments that do not have potentially dangerous side effects. (Click here for more - a subscription may be required
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