Pharmacies in Turkey
Here are some of the differences between pharmacies in Turkey and the ones we are used to:
• Pharmacies are indicated by the letter "E", medical institutions are indicated by the red crescent.
• After the examination the doctor's secretary enters the name of the medicine and the dosage into the system and gives you a code that you give away at the pharmacy. The pharmacist looks through the system and gives medications, marking the dose, how many times and on which stomach to take it.
• Pharmacies can be found near any healthcare facility (there are no pharmacy chains).
• Pricing policy is almost the same.
• The costs of some medicines are covered by SGK, so you pay only for the doctor's appointment in government clinics.
• Only a licensed pharmacist can open a pharmacy, the pharmacist's diploma hangs on the wall.
• All pharmacies are subject to Eczaci Odası regulations: after 19:00, on Sundays and holidays, only the pharmacy on duty (nöbetçi eczane) is open. The addresses of the pharmacies on duty are published on the Internet and on the doors of medical institutions.
• You can weigh yourself, measure pressure and temperature for free in any pharmacy.