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Big interview: What’s so special about the French model of pharmacy?

Big interview: What’s so special about the French model of pharmacy?

It’s fair to say I hadn’t given much thought to how pharmacies operate across the channel until last year. But that all changed in October, when health secretary Matt Hancock exclusively told C+D that he wants to see a move towards the French model for pharmacies, “where they do more”. His department went on to explain that pharmacies on the continent offer a wider range of services and play a stronger role in their communities.

The issue is clearly still high on Mr Hancock’s agenda – the health secretary tweeted C+D in May to tell us he had recently met with his French counterpart, Agnès Buzyn, to discuss their pharmacy model further, and he even dropped in a

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