The Italian minister for health, Francesco Storace, and the countrys dispensing pharmacists have come to an agreement to reduce the price of prescribed medicines. Those that come into what is known as category C will fall by 20 per cent. These are medicines that can only be obtained with a prescription but are paid for in full be the patient. The minister has also assured pharmacists that patent medicines will only be sold in chemists' shops; in exchange he has asked that their price be reduced by up to 20 per cent. Recently, Italys anti-trust authorities suggested that over-the-counter medicines should also be sold in supermarkets.