oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - The naked patient
Every retail outlet has good reason to promote its products and their benefits. No commercial advantage would be gained from highlighting the dangers. So, irrespective of whether chemicals are derived from a laboratory, tobacconist, pub, paint shop, hardware store, fast food outlet, natural products outlet, or a pharmacy, how does the public become aware that such chemicals are potentially dangerous?
Regulators attempt to limit these dangers, and may even require warning labels on products. However, the critical difference between a pharmacy and the others is that pharmaceutical products must be sold by someone who is an expert on chemical effects, and who is also a professional carrying legal, ethical and social responsibility for their safe and effective use.
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