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Pharmacies/Chemist/Drug Store in France

 

In France local French people go to chemist shops called in French ‘pharmacies’ ( la pharmacie ) for medicines and advice.

 

Pharmacies are almost everywhere and you’ll easily recognise them by the green flashing cross displayed outside. When the green cross is flashing it means that pharmacy is open, ...

Pharmacies/Chemist/Drug Store in France

 

In France local French people go to chemist shops called in French ‘pharmacies’ ( la pharmacie ) for medicines and advice.

 

Pharmacies are almost everywhere and you’ll easily recognise them by the green flashing cross displayed outside. When the green cross is flashing it means that pharmacy is open, when it is switched off pharmacy is closed. They’re all privately owned and chain stores don’t exist.

 

 

Opening hours

 

 

Pharmacies are usually open from Monday to Saturday from 08:30 to 19:30. Many pharmacies close between 12:00 and 14:00 for lunch break, although in shopping centres and large towns, pharmacies will stay open non-stop.

 

To find the closest duty pharmacy- in French ‘la pharmacie de garde’ – dial 3232 ( Read more about emergency numbers in France here).

 

Costs

 

France has state imposed price restrictions for medicines.

Coming to France as a tourist you will pay the total cost for your medicine.

 

Staff

 

Pharmacists in France are highly-trained, as they hold a diploma requiring six years of university studies. They are generally highly competent in providing advice regarding common illnesses and ailments. However, they cannot be considered as doctors’ substitute so if you are really poorly you should go see a doctor ( Read more about Healthcare in France here).

 

Medicines/Drugs

 

French pharmacies are drug stores so sell drugs. But you’ll also find there all kinds of things like aspirin, muscle creams, vitamins and even Frontline for pets. French pharmacies also sell toothpaste, skin care creams, eau de parfum, baby bottles and other drug store items, but you’ll pay more than you would at the grocery store such as Monoprix.

 

France is a quite restrictive in the distribution of medication. Many drugs (such as antibiotics) that may be freely available in other countries are strictly prescription drugs in France.

 

You can buy paracetamol and other painkillers from French pharmacies only. Dafagan and Doliprane are main manufacturers of paracetamol in France. You do not need prescription for painkillers in France.

 

 

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