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The advertising of OTC products authorized in Egypt

The Egyptian Minister of Health has published new guidelines which authorize the advertising of OTC products. This is the result of a 5-year work programme involving various stakeholders such as the Central Administration of Pharmaceutical Affairs, the Chamber of Pharmaceutical Industries, the Pharmacists and Physicians Syndicates, the National Health Institute and WSMI’s member association in the Middle-East (MESMI). An important step was to agree on a clear definition of OTCs which led to the publication of a list of OTC molecules towards the end of 2014 and finally to the new guidelines for the communication of OTC products. Advertising of OTC products plays an important role in raising the awareness of consumers about a condition and about a health product, thus supporting the health education of a population ultimately for the benefit of public health.

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