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Manufacturers refuse to sell drugs to grocery stores

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Pharmaceutical manufacturers oppose the government’s decision to sell over-the-counter prescription in grocery stores from November 1, and refuse to sell the products to the stores.

The Norwegian Stortinget decided that grocery stores were allowed to sell prescription free medicine from November 1 of this year; however, there are some bumps in the road.

Paracet and Ibux are the two prescription free pain killers that are sold the most in Norway, but if the pharmacies get their way, the pain killers will not be sold in grocery stores any time soon.

The pharmaceutical manufacturers are afraid of the reactions from the pharmacies, and the manufacturers are refusing to sell their products to grocery stores.

According to the Norwegian daily Aftenposten, NorgesGruppen, Norway’s largest grocery chain, has made a formal complaint to the minister of health and the Norwegian competition authority.

In addition Coop, a grocery chain, the Norwegian Consumer Council, and Legemiddelindustriforeningen, the organization for the pharmaceutical industry, have asked the authorities to take action.

“The competition authorities are working with the issue and will present a conclusion shortly,” said Elin Kleven, head of information at the Norwegian competition authorities.

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