Pharmacy and Prescriptions - IWCN (2024)

In the Netherlands, there are two types of stores where medications are available.

A drug store (drogisterij or drogist) such as Kruidvat, DA, Etos, Holland & Barrett and Trekpleister, sells non-prescription medications as well as homeopathic products, basic toiletries, cosmetics, cleaning supplies, vitamins and baby items. A pharmacy (apotheek) provides prescription and non-prescription drugs, as well as vitamins, homeopathic remedies, and hypoallergenic skin care products. Pharmacists are very know-ledgeable and can give advice on over-the-counter medications, drug interactions, and side effects. Please note: you may need prescriptions for things you were able to buy over the counter at home.

How to find a pharmacy

After signing on with a doctor, it is a good idea to find a pharmacy in your area. A pharmacy will provide medicines by prescription. You can local pharmacies if you search for “Apotheken” near you. You do not have to register with a specific pharmacy, but your doctor will need to know where to send your prescriptions for you to pick up. You can also pick up medication with an international prescription by your doctor from abroad, so ask your doctor to provide a printed copy.

Pharmacy hours

Most pharmacies are open between 8:30 and 17:00. There is a pharmacy on duty in your area on weekends, holidays, and overnight. You can find a list of on-duty pharmacies as well as their hours and phone numbers in the window of your pharmacy. If you call a pharmacy during off hours, you will get a message (in Dutch) giving you the name and number of the pharmacy on duty.

Pharmacy and Prescriptions - IWCN (2024)


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