Medicine and Pharmacy
Can I buy medicines without going to the hospital?
Yes, you can. Japanese medicines are classified into two categories. One is a prescription drug, which requires a doctor's prescription. You can buy them in hospitals or at specialized pharmacies that can handle prescriptions. The other is an OTC drug, also called an "over-the-counter" drug. You do not require a prescription to buy them. Anyone can purchase them at a pharmacy or drugstore. When buying OTC drugs labeled as Class Ⅰ among three classes, you must receive an explanation from the pharmacist in the store. Please contact Support-R for more information.
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