France issues good dispensing practices for online sales of medicines

The implementing decree regulating the online sale of medicines was published on 23 June 2013 and enters into force on 12 July 2013. The decree of 20 June 2013 regarding good practices for online dispensing of medicines (‘Arrêté relative aux bonnes pratiques de dispensation des médicaments par voie électronique’) now sets out the practical guidelines for the online sale of non-prescription medicines, which was first authorised in France by the Order of 19 December 2012 and the Decree of 31 December 2012 on the strengthening of the security of the medicines supply chain and supervision of the online sale of medicines.

Which medicines can be sold online in France? All non-prescription medicines can be sold online in France. In a decision of 14 February 2013, the Council of State (Conseil d’Etat) decided that the distinction made by Article L. 5125-34 of the French Public Health Code between Over The Counter (OTC) medicines and other non-prescription medicines is illegal…

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