HC Deb 09 February 1981 vol 998 c256W
Mr. Pavitt

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he will take steps to ensure that large size packs of analgesics containing Aloxiprin, aspirin, paracetamol and salicylamide shall be sold only by or under the supervision of a pharmacist.

Sir George Young

Large size packs of analgesics are allowed to be offered for sale only in pharmacies. I am advised that, as the law stands, we have no enforceable means of requiring by law that these packs be sold by or under the supervision of a pharmacist while at the same time we allow—as we think it right we should—the smaller packs to remain on general sale. But retail pharmacists were recently advised, in a letter addressed to them by the president of the Pharmaceutical Society, that they are expected, as a matter of professional discipline, to continue to supervise sales of large packs as though it were a legal requirement.