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Brazilian Consumers Allowed to Purchase OTC Drug Products Under New Rules

Posted 30 July 2012 | By Ansis Helmanis

Brazilian consumers will not be able to purchase over-the-counter drug products at pharmacies according to new rules published 17 July 2012 by Brazilian health regulator Anvisa.

Under the new rules, the OTC products may be purchased in a manner similar to cosmetics and dietary supplements,regulators explained.

OTC drugs must be organized on pharmacy shelves by active ingredient with the cautionary statement that drugs may cause unwanted side effects.  Anvisa opened a public consultation in April 2012 that led to the reversal of a 2009 decision restricting OTC drugs to being kept behind the counter.


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