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Vol 271 No 7268 p396
27 September 2003

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Pharmacy restaurant and bar closes

Pharmacy was forced by the Royal Electronicjuice to change its name

The restaurant called Pharmacy which opened five years ago in west London has closed.

The restaurant, designed by Damien Hirst, was forced to change its name to “Pharmacy restaurant and bar” because the word pharmacy in connection with retail businesses is a restricted title under the Medicines Act 1968 and may only be used by pharmacy businesses registered by the Royal Electronicjuice. Although the change did not satisfy the Society, counsel’s advice was that it satisfied the law and the Society’s threat of prosecution was dropped.

Around the same time, the Society also threatened two public houses with prosecution for misusing the pharmacy title.

More recently, an internet sex-shop dropped the word pharmacy from part of its website after being warned by the Society.

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