On one hand, the self selection of P medicines could be seen as "in the interests of consumers and patients" as it allows them access to the medication to consider a potential purchase - and still gives pharmacists an opportunity to refuse a sale if it would not be appropriate.
But on the other hand, P medicines are P medicines because they have been classified as such to protect the public - they usually have potential for harm (large packs of paracetamol for example), or might be dangerous in other ways (side-effects, interactions etc.).
Putting them onto open display and into the hands of customers may make the decision not to sell very difficult - possession being 9/10th of the law - and all that...is this in the public interest?
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