Paracetamol tablets only available in pharmacies

Friday, October 30, 2015

As of 1st of November 2015, non-prescription tablets of paracetamol will no longer be available in Sweden at non-pharmacy outlets. The decision was taken in April 2015 by the Swedish Medical Products Agency (MPA), and refers to tablets intended for swallowing whole. Other forms of paracetamol are not affected, e.g. in liquid form or as effervescent tablets.

The decision has been taken based on the increase in poisonings, where paracetamol has been ingested for intentional self-harm. The accessibility of paracetamol is considered to be a risk factor, which is why there is reason to limit ease of access to paracetamol in tablet form.

A number of nonprescription medicines have been allowed to be sold in Sweden at other sales points than pharmacies since November 2009. There are about 900 nonprescription medicines that are available in Sweden, 600 of these are available in retail outlets such as grocery stores and gas stations.

The aim is to reduce the number of poisoning without substantially restricting normal use of medicines treating pain and fever. Paracetamol in other formulations, for example as effervescent tablets or in liquid form, will still be available in pharmacies as well as in other retail outlets in Sweden.

Paracetamol in tablet form will still be available in the country’s 1 350 pharmacies.


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