In Germany, many medicines are not available over the counter, only on prescription; a prescription issued by a doctor is required. Without a pre- scription, pharmacists may not give out medicines such as antibiotics.

Pharmacies are open during normal opening hours; outside these hours there is an emergency pharmacy service. You can find the address of pharmacies that are open at night and during holidays in the daily papers or on the Internet.

In addition, all pharmacies have a sign on the door giving a list of emergency pharmacies that change on a daily basis. There you will some- times have to ring first and then be handed your medication through an opening. There are additional charges for this.

Individuals with private insurance, as with doctors’ bills, pay for the medication themselves and then pass the bill to their health insurer. Keep the receipt safe!

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