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Wednesday, July 8, 1998 Published at 18:58 GMT 19:58 UK


Top restaurant in medical stew

Pharmacy the restaurant - the last place to go for medicine

A trendy London restaurant part-owned by artist Damien Hirst has become the centre of medical controversy - and not over the quality of its food.

Pharmacy in west London is facing prosecution by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society for using a name which is more redolent of throat pastilles and cough medicine than haute cuisine.


Under the 1968 Medicines Act, it is illegal for anyone other than a chemist to use the name pharmacy.

[ image: Sue Sharpe defending chemists' rights]
Sue Sharpe defending chemists' rights
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society deferred a decision to take the restaurant to court in March, but has since reversed its decision.

Sue Sharpe of the Society said: "Our concern is that if we do not do what we are obliged to do which is enforce the law, then that could open the floodgates and other people could start to use the title pharmacy in a way which could be really very misleading to the public."

The management of the restaurant are discussing the matter with their lawyers.

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