IT may soon be possible to buy headache tablets and flu pills in supermarkets, as the monopoly enjoyed by pharmacies is under attack.
Les Echoes reports that the Inspection générale des Finances (IGF) believes more competition is necessary in the area of medicines that do not require a prescription.
Products such as Doliprane, Nurofen and Humex have come under the IGF's spotlight, as despite making up around 9% of a pharmacy's trade, their prices have increased by 3% a year between 1998 and 2011.
The IGF says the best way to push the price down of such tablets and medicines is to boost competition, and open up the sale of some products to supermarkets.
This move comes at a time when many professions are being looked into by the government to promote competition, and cut costs for the public.
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