Saturday, September 20, 1997

Hey!! I'm an Italian girl who needs help...?

well I'd like to know what is the difference between Pharmacy and Chemist's ...last year i went to London and i saw this different ,as my mum has a Chemist's in Italy,I'd like to know also how is organised this shop...E.g. Can anyone open a chemist's ??Can anyone open a chemist's where and when he|she wants?

Answer on Hey!! I'm an Italian girl who needs help...?

Good question, it certainly got me thinking!

A chemist's shop would always sell basic first aid supplies plus things like toothpaste, soap, shampoo and so on. They would also be able to sell you aspirin and paracetamol. However, the pharmacist would have to be present in the shop if you wanted to buy codeine or to get your drugs prescribed by the doctor.

In Britain we say we're going to the chemist's, but in the larger establishments there is a separate pharmacy, just to make it more confusing.

One of our most well-known stores, Boots the Chemist, has a separate pharmacy area.

We would always say "I'm going to the chemist's" but you may well be served by the pharmacist once you get there. It would be unusual to say "I'm going to the pharmacy" when you mean you're going to a high street shop.