Painkillers banned from supermarkets

This fall a common painkiller will no longer be available in grocery stores and convenience stores, the Medical Products Agency announced today.

From November 1, people will have to go to pharmacies in order to buy ordinary tablets containing Paracetamol, sold as Alvedon and Panodil here in Sweden.

It will still be available in many shops in other forms, such as liquid or effervescent.

The agency moved to restrict sales of the drug because there have been more cases of poisoning from painkillers since 2009, especially among young women who intentionally tried to harm themselves reports news agenct TT.

"We want to take a measure that has as strong an effect as possible on these impulse purchases, and as little effect as possible on normal use," says Rolf Gedeborg, an investigator at the agency.