Pharmacies and Medication

Here are some important things to know about pharmacies and medication in the Netherlands:

  • A chemist or drogist (drugstore) supplies non-prescription medications, baby items, general toiletries, cosmetics, etc.

  • An apotheek (pharmacy) is the only outlet for prescription drugs. Pharmacies also sell other items, such as over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and special baby foods. They will also provide advice on taking medication.

  • The Dutch system is rather restrictive. You may find that a prescription is necessary for medication you were able to buy over the counter in your home country.

  • The easiest time to register with a pharmacy is at the same time that you register with a doctor.

  • Pharmacies have 24/7 coverage, based on the same system as doctors. 

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