World self-medication industry
The world federation promoting better health through responsible self-medication
NGO in official relations with the World Health Organization

11th WSMI Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Nagoya, Japan, 13-14 October 2016

Japan’s society is ageing and the health system has to undergo a structural reform in order to remain sustainable. Several interesting initiatives undertaken by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare and by non-prescription medicines manufacturers to help patients and consumers to safely practice self-care and self-medication were discussed at the 11th WSMI Asia-Pacific Regional Conference which took place in Nagoya, Japan, on 13 and 14 October 2016. The Japanese government adopted an amendment to the tax law which will allow consumers to deduct expenses for certain non-prescription medicines from their taxable income. The role of pharmacies have been strengthened to provide active advice and support to patients seeking self-care solutions. Safety measures for non-prescription medicines have been reinforced.
The conference provided updates not only from Japan but also from several other countries of the Asia-Pacific Region.
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