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2019/03/15

THE FIRST SELF-MEDICATION UNIVERSITES HELATHCARE PROFESSIONALS ARE ON THE MOVE!

The first Self-Medication Universities were held yesterday in Paris. They were organised by Pharmaceutiques, in partnership with Afipa.

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2019/02/05

SELF-MEDICATION : Afipa is launching a new approach to better support the development of self-medication in France

Press Release – Paris, February 5th, 2019. As this year’s market results are being published, Afipa presents its 2019 strategic approach articulated around 3 pillars: dialogue and responsibility, co-construction of a pharmaceutical healthcare process and promotion of the benefits related to self-medication.

050219 -Press release – Barometer 2019

2018/07/02

Franck Leyze is elected President of Afipa

Paris, July 2nd, 2018 – Franck Leyze has been elected President of Afipa (French Federation of the Pharmaceutical Industry for Responsible Self-Medication) by the Board of Directors of June 28th.

Franck Leyze has been Managing Director, Consumer Health Care, at Sanofi France since May 2017.

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2018/05/31

The Ansm recommendations for drug labeling: a move towards neutral packaging for medication ?

Afipa denounces the measure as counter-productive and dangerous for patients

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2018/02/02

16th Afipa barometer of selfcare products (2017) and 4th european self-medication observatory (2016)

Paris, 02 February 2018 – Afipa presents the results of the 16th barometer of selfcare products and the 4th european self-medication observatory, conducted in collaboration with OpenHealth.

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2017/02/03

15th Afipa barometer of selfcare products

Paris, 03 February 2017 – Afipa (French Federation of the Pharmaceutical Industry for Responsible Self-Medication) presents the results of the 15th barometer of selfcare products, conducted in collaboration with OpenHealth.

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2016/06/29

Dominique Giulini is elected President of AFipa

15Paris, June 16th, 2016 – Dominique Giulini has been elected President of Afipa (French Federation of the Pharmaceutical Industry for Responsible Self-Medication) by the Board of Directors.

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2016/06/16

Afipa is in battle order to increase self-medication awareness among the french people

Afipa (French Federation of the Pharmaceutical Industry for Responsible Self-Medication) has decided to actively promote self-medication awareness, due to the lack of political initiative on this crucial topic

From June 20th to July 1st, 2016, Afipa will host “My Health My Choice: A Minute A Day To Responsibly Self-Medicated

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2016/03/29

Ipsos survey

13The French people, the general practitioners and responsible self-medication

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2016/03/16

Survey

16Survey on economic impact resulting from the updating of switches and de-reimbursement.

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What is Afipa?

Afipa is a professional body that represents the self-medication medicines industry. As a public health player, Afipa’s mission is to promote self-medicines within the public health framework, in the interests of patients-consumers, pharmacists and companies who are members of the organisation, as well as society as a whole.

What is responsible self-medication ?

For individuals, responsible self-medication involves « treating their illnesses with authorised medicines that do not require a medical prescription and that are reliable and effective when used as indicated (WHO, 2000) ». Remember, re-using a prescribed medicine without referring to a healthcare professional or buying medicines on the Internet is not considered as responsible self-medication and is dangerous for your health. Responsible self-medication forms part of selfcare, a concept in which individuals take responsibility for their own health. It includes prevention, environment, lifestyle, diet and responsible self-medication.

In which cases can self-medication be used ?

Self-medication can be used to treat everyday and minor illnesses (fever, aches and pains, coughs, etc.) as well as a number of specific illnesses (haemorrhoids, heartburn, etc.).

It can also be used for certain chronic illnesses after an initial diagnosis has been made by a doctor (allergic rhinitis, moderate arthritis of the knee, migraines, etc.) excluding the possibility of a more serious illness.

The French regulatory framework for medicine:

The Public Health Code defines:

  • Medicines and pharmaceutical specialities: Articles L5111-1 and L5111-2.
  • Generic medicines, homeopathic medicines, and plant-based medicines: Article L5121-1.

Self-medication medicines are not officially defined.

The Notice to Manufacturers (September 2005) defines, by default, medicines for which prescriptions are optional as medicines “that do not present criteria for inclusion in the lists” (List I or II or narcotics).

What is self selection ?

As of 1 July 2008, pharmacists are authorised to allow their patients access to medicines for which prescriptions are optional – as per the lists issued by Afssaps (the French Agency for the Safety of Health Products) – in a clearly identified, reserved section that is located next to the counter in their pharmacy. As of 1 July 2008, pharmacists are authorised to allow their patients access to medicines for which prescriptions are optional – as per the lists issued by Afssaps (the French Agency for the Safety of Health Products) – in a clearly identified, reserved section that is located next to the counter in their pharmacy.

Which medicines are subject to self selection?

Self selection is authorised for medicines used in the treatment of illnesses including:

  • Acne
  • Acute diarrhoea
  • Allergic conjunctivitis
  • Burns
  • Constipation
  • Coughs
  • Fatigue
  • Herpes labialis (cold sore)
  • Motion sickness
  • Pain
  • Sore throat
  • Tobacco addiction

The lists of medicines subject to self selection are issued by ANSM (allopathic, homeopathic and plant-based medicines).

To date, the lists include 467 medicines (386 non-prescription medicines, 38 traditional plant-based medicines and 37 homeopathic medicines).

Lists are regularly updated and available on the ANSM website.