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Pharmacists protest sale of herbal medicines

23 April 2013

The Ministry of Health has announced that herbal medicines can now be sold in all shops. This decision has angered pharmacies who had the monopoly on these sales until now.

The head of the Pharmacists Association, Fatma Azgin, has responded by saying that their members will close down their pharmacies and march to the Health Ministry building.

She maintains that selling these medicines through shops means that customers will not get expert information with potentially lethal consequences.

She also argues that this was a unilateral decision by the government without consultation with her association.

The association will be staging protests and will also take legal action against the government unless it rescinds this law.

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