Pharmacists Stall Turkey's Launch Of Regulated Consumer Health Market
Turkish regulators published a list of 241 products, based on 62 ingredients, selected to become available nonprescription but withdrew it after pharmacists argued that consumers in the country typically are not knowledgeable about health care issues and might buy the wrong drug product without a doctor’s advice.
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