Saturday, November 14, 2009

Pharmacies - How To Get Medication In The U.S.A.

Americans take more pills than any people in other countries, and can find wide range of medicines in pharmacies, drugstores, hospitals and even supermarkets.

There are two types of drugs: with or without medical prescription. To buy prescription drugs, the patient should go to the pharmacy with a prescription from a doctor and the pharmacist will give you medicine that was written on the prescription.

The law on prescriptions is very strict, and many medicines that you buy in your country without problems such as antibiotics or codeine, a prescription will be needed in the United States to obtain these medicines.

Some painkillers such as paracetamol also known as acetaminophen, can be purchased at pharmacies without a prescription. To purchase these types of medicines you will need to go to a pharmacy inside stores like Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Eckerd, Pulbix, Winn Dixie or CVS. There are also a pharmacy's in many supermarkets.

If you have health insurance, most of the cost of prescription drugs will be paid directly by your insurance company. You will pay a symbolic part of the drug, depending on whether brand or generic. With private insurance, you pay for medicine and send the receipt to the insurance company to reimburse you.

Please note that U.S. prescription drugs are often very expensive, and many insurance policies do not cover medicines for existing medical problems. Find out if your insurance company has its own pharmacy, typically insurance company pharmacy's have more affordable prices.

The opening hours of pharmacies are similar to other shops, 9am to 9pm, seven days a week. Usually at least one pharmacy is open 24 hours a day, you should use these pharmacy's if you need you medication/prescription urgently.

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