Lactalis: contaminated milk wakes up the drug war between supermarkets and pharmacists

Contaminated milk in all departments. Large surfaces, pharmacies, hospitals, nurseries, wholesalers: boxes of contaminated products were found there by location. This case still awakens the drug war between supermarkets and pharmacies.

Boxes of contaminated milk have been found in some hypermarkets of the major retailers. A glaring proof of the inability of large stores to manage the sale of medical products according to the Union of Pharmacists Group of Officine. And even less that of drugs.

Pharmacists on the cutting edge of safety

Since the first withdrawals of infant formulas by Lactalis at the beginning of December 2017, the National Association of Pharmacists worked with the health authorities (DGS, DGCCRF) and mobilized to transmit information to pharmacists at stream of water.
The pharmaceutical industry was immediately organized to manage the withdrawal of infant and nutritional products and to supply pharmacies with substitute products. The problem is that it has also been found in some pharmacies.

General failure

"In terms of proportions, supermarkets are much more responsible than pharmacies," said Laurent Filoche president of UDGPO in an interview with Sciences et Avenir. But according to the Minister of the Economy, Bruno Le Maire, boxes of contaminated milk were found in 30 supermarkets and 44 pharmacies.
However, the College warned that, should it become apparent that some pharmacists had continued to issue products that were incriminated by the recalls, disciplinary procedures would be immediately initiated. Procedures that are unlikely to find their equivalent in supermarkets.

The war of medicine is awake

A case Lactalis that wakes tensions long existing between pharmacies and supermarkets. The sale of OTC is a historic claim of the E. Leclerc Group. The opposition of the pharmacists and the back pedaling of the government did not allow this project to succeed.
For Laurent Filoche, the Lactalis case proves once again the inability of medium and large retailers to deal with the sale of medicines: "When we are not able to handle situations that endanger babies, there is no need to claim the right to sell life-threatening drugs, "he says.

In the end, everyone, including the government, is referring the hot potato of responsibility on the case of contaminated milk while this case highlights the shortcomings of the entire chain, production in the factory Lactalis on sale by distributor groups or pharmacies. But if some pharmacists will be sanctioned, it is sure that neither the state nor the distributors will be condemned. For Lactalis, consumers will appreciate.