Drugs Control

On the road again and am back in Prague.  Funnily enough, this place seems to have it in for me; I no sooner land than I start sniffling and feeling poorly with the result that a few hours later, I stand in a queue at the local pharmacy hoping that they have simple drugs like Panadols.

After a short wait in a queue behind a bohemian hypochondriac, I get to the desk and ask if they speak English, which they do. Many people in the Czech Republic are English-speakers, but it’s always polite to ask.  I ask if I could have a packet of Panadol, noting that they are neatly stacked right behind the pharmacist I was speaking to.

“Do you have a doctor’s prescription?”

Need. Some. Relief.

To be taken orally.

I stare at her.  Perhaps “Panadol” is the Czech word for haemorrhoid cream or something equally serious.  I reassure her that I am haemorrhoids free by saying, “I just want Panadol – the blue box from behind you.”

She shakes her head and asks me to step aside.  A chill runs down my spine.  I have visions of a burly guard smacking on a rubber glove to search me for evidence of hemorrhoids.

Pulling me aside, she furtively hands me a box of Panadols and demands money.

I walked out in a daze a few minutes later, but at least I had some drugs to steady me.

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  1. Some medicaments are partialy or fully reinbursed from insurance companies if doctor prescribes them to you.

    Also, there are often two counters in pharmacies, one for prescriptions and far for cash.

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