Pharmacies in Vietnam


MEDICINES that are restricted in Western countries are often available over the counter in Vietnam without prescription. This can be an advantage if you know exactly what you need, but it can also lead to self-diagnosis and self-medication, which can backfire with extremely serious consequences. There is also a risk of buying counterfeit or expired medicines.

Only shop for medicines at respected pharmacies such as PHARMACITY. Well-reputed local chains include My Chau, Minh Chau, and Long Chau. Be aware that some common brands available overseas may not be sold here, although chemically identical products may be found. Local versions of any particular drug can vary in composition, with some medicines only available in reduced strengths. Also note that some pharmacists prescribe overly strong doses for foreigners in the unsupported belief that Westerners use stronger drugs.

FAMILY MEDICAL PRACTICE runs its own in-house pharmacies for medicines prescribed by its doctors.

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